School officials in Carroll and Frederick counties, their attention fixed on the Persian Gulf, are creating needless war fever on the home front. Out of fear of terrorist attacks, they have banned all field trips and sports team travel (in Frederick County's case) to Baltimore and Washington.
There is no evidence that terrorism is an immediate threat, or any threat at all in these cities.
Young minds are nevertheless susceptible to suggestion, and the cancellation of scheduled school-sponsored events makes terrorism seem very close. The psychological impact of such speculation could even cause serious problems to the more impressionable children in elementary and high school.
Frederick County School Superintendent Noel T. Farmer declared: "We feel there is the potential for worldwide terrorism, especially in the Washington and Baltimore areas." Really? What are the odds? Ten to 1? A thousand to 1? A million to 1? Are the odds greater than being struck by an alcohol-impaired motorist? We doubt it.