THE CALEDONIA SECONDARY School group in London today as part of a European tour is safe and sound, reports the company organizing the tour.
The confirmation from the EF Education First company came just minutes ago and follows reports of an assailant being shot and killed by security forces near the British Parliament buildings.
“We have been in contact with your group and can confirm that all EF travelers from Canada are safe and accounted for,” read the statement.
“We have cancelled all activities and meals in central London for the remainder of the day and groups are heading back to their hotels.”
British news reports indicate a person who stabbed a police officer was then shot and killed by security forces.
At the same time, a vehicle struck a number of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge which is immediately beside the British Parliament.
At least one person is reported dead in addition to the assailant.
Police are describing the situation as a terrorist incident, according to news reports.
More than 50 Cal students and chaperones are on the final leg of a European tour which took them to Germany, Belgium, Holland and France in addition to England.
The emphasis was on visiting Second World War historical sites.
In a statement this morning, Coast Mountains School District superintendent Katherine McIntosh said EF Educational Tours “will maintain ongoing contact with families regarding any itinerary changes.”
The group is to fly home Friday.