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Educators discourage students from bringing clown masks to school

Pembina Trails and Winnipeg school divisions won't 'ban' masks, but expect students to heed caution in light of police warnings.

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Though clown masks aren't banned from Winnipeg schools, they aren't encouraged either.

"We’ve just recommended to parents and students to not wear them in light of the issues that are going on and the public advisory that went up from the Winnipeg Police Service," said Radean Carter, spokeswoman for the Winnipeg School Division.

Referring to a public advisory sent by police Sunday, decrying recent sightings of creepy clowns across the continent as "no laughing matter," Carter said the division hasn't heard any reports of clown sightings on their school grounds, but they are remaining vigilant nonetheless.

Pembina Trails School Division is letting school principals deal with clown masks on a case-by-case basis, if or when they arise.

"A few schools have reached out to both parents and students and asked, that in light of recent events, they refrain from bringing clown masks to school," said superintendent Ted Fransen in an email. 

Louis Riel School Division did not immediately return a request for comment.

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