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‘Sin City’ no place for Utah students

Jan 14, 2003 4:56 AM

Las Vegas’ image as "Sin City" may play well in some areas as an attraction for tourists but not to our neighbors to the north.

For the third time, the Nebo, Utah, school district has denied a request by a Russian language teacher to take her high school students to Las Vegas on a school trip, primarily to visit the fabulous Russian Faberge eggs that have been on display. The teacher also noted that there were other art treasurers that her students probably wouldn’t ever have the chance to see again.

But that wasn’t enough to influence the board. Said one, "The board didn’t feel comfortable with the whole lifestyle represented there. Las Vegas is well-known to most people for that, and there’s real concern about 100 minor children in that atmosphere."

The rejection came as a surprise to the teacher who took a group of children to Las Vegas four years ago to see an art exhibit. She said she felt the board would approve visits to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino to see the Faberge exhibit and to The Venetian to see the Guggenheim gallery’s "Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of Painting from Titian to Picasso" that runs through March 2.

Another board member remarked that she was concerned since the Bellagio is a casino and its on the Las Vegas Strip.

Instead of visiting Las Vegas, the students have paid $100 each for a trip to San Diego.