by Stephen Dafoe

Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools and Sturgeon school Division took precautionary measures Friday morning after an alleged clown sighting in Morinville.

In an email to parents, GSACRD Superintendent David Keohane wrote: “Today, we received reports that an individual disguised as a clown and in possession of a weapon was seen in the Morinville community.”

Keohane went on to say to parents that after investigating the matter with RCMP assistance, the reports were found to be not credible but that schools may have engaged a hold and secure protocol at as a precautionary measure.

Morinville Public School Principal Wayne Rufiange told Morinville News that Keohane contacted his Superintendent at the time of the initial report and that MPS entered a hold and secure protocol for MPS.

“It was just for us to take precaution. We locked our outside doors,” Rufiange said. “Kids and staff went about a pretty regular day other than we didn’t have outdoor recess. We’ll probably continue that practice for the rest of the day unless we hear otherwise.”

Morinville RCMP told Morinville News the matter was resolved and that a press release would be issued with further details. They point out Friday’s door locking was not a lockdown but a secure hold procedure, a purely precautionary measure where no one is let in or out of the school.

Morinville News will update the story with additional details from any forthcoming RCMP media releases.

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