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Brighton HS students on trip were one block from Paris attack

This image made from AP video shows police attending an incident on the Champs Elysees in Paris in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker in a shooting, Thursday April 20, 2017. French media are reporting that two police officers were shot Thursday on the famed shopping boulevard. Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes many of the city's most iconic landmarks. (AP Photo)

Paris/Brighton, N.Y. (WHAM) - In the midst of the attack on two police officers in Paris, 40 students from Brighton High School are just one block away from where that scene unfolded.

As of Thursday evening, one police officer is dead and another is seriously injured. The gunman in the attack was shot dead by Paris police officers.

The attack happened in the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

All 40 of the students and their five chaperones were safely moved away from the area where the attack happened and are not in any immediate danger. One parent of a student who is on the trip said police are sheltering the students in a cafe away from the scene of the attack.

When asked about the students and the attack in Paris, Brighton School Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan said the safety and security of our students and staff are the first priority in a case such as this.

McGowan added that changes were made to the itinerary of the trip to move the students away from the area where this all happened. Families of the students were immediately notified and the school is continuing to monitor this situation as it develops.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim of the attack and their families," McGowan added.

The students' trip will continue throughout the country of France; it is not all concentrated in Paris.

The 12-day trip for the students is conducted with an ongoing exchange program with a school in France.

The students are slated to return from the trip on May 1st.

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