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For Immediate Release
Friday, October 26, 2001
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106

Governor and education commissioner warn against Halloween pranks

Malden - State and education officials joined forces on Thursday to remind the public not to waste the time of police this Halloween with needless pranks.

Authorities said unprecedented public safety concerns spurred by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have left police already over-taxed and with little patience for unnecessary practical jokes that can result in public safety issues.

A letter from Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll was sent to every school in the state to be distributed to all students before October 31.

"While Halloween can be a time of great fun, we need to remind young people that public safety officials are under unusual pressure this year, and need our support and help," said Governor Jane Swift. " I encourage all of our trick-or-treaters to celebrate Halloween in a safe and respectful manner."

Commissioner Driscoll agreed. While he urged young people to enjoy the holiday, he said the nation’s heightened public safety concerns cannot be ignored — even on Halloween.

" I encourage every young person to do his or her part in the fight against terrorism next week by refraining from behaviors that are unsafe, create fear, and cause unnecessary distractions," he said. "Any activities that divert our police and fire officials from protecting the public right now will just make an already difficult situation even worse."

Last Updated: October 26, 2001
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