SASKATOON – Elementary schools in Regina recently pulled out of a cheerleading competition after a possible terrorist threat. On Wednesday, Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) announced that it is also unable to support teams’ trips to West Edmonton Mall.
In February, West Edmonton Mall was listed as a target in an online video allegedly released by Somali-based extremist group Al-Shabab.
Teams from Bedford Road Collegiate and Tommy Douglas Collegiate will no longer be competing at the upcoming Alberta Cheerleading Association’s competition this weekend.
“The safety of our students is the top priority and the decision was not made lightly,” according to a SPS release.
“It was done in consultation with school administration and with much thought and consideration given to the effect it would have on the student-athletes and coaches who have worked so hard to prepare for the competition.”
The school division’s insurance provider, students and kids’ parents raised concerns.
SPS is the largest school division in Saskatchewan, operating 58 schools and serving over 23,000 students.
More than 2,800 athletes representing five provinces are expected to participate at the cheerleading event at West Edmonton Mall starting Friday. Alberta RCMP said last month there was no evidence to support any imminent threat.