HEIDELBERG, Germany — U.S. military officials have canceled a slew of Department of Defense Dependents School activities throughout Europe in the wake of widespread anti-U.S. protests and the campaign against Iraq.

“The cancellations are not in response to any specific threats, they are prudent measures to ensure the safety and security of students and employees,” according to the DODDS-Europe announcement.

“Hopefully, we will resume activities quickly; however, we must operate in an environment that is as secure and safe as possible,” continued the announcement.

Officials are reviewing school training, transportation and other programs as well.

“Our district safety and security officers will be coordinating with school, bus transportation and command officials to review anti-terrorism procedures and measures.”

Among the cancellations:

• All DODDS-Europe athletic competitions scheduled through Sunday• Harvard Model Congress, Monday through Friday• 19th Seminar for High School Students from the USA, Thuringen, and Bavaria, Tuesday through Friday• Academic Games, Tuesday through Friday• Odyssey of the Mind, Saturday• Hinterbrand Lodge Activities, Monday through Friday

Athletic practices and other local extracurricular activity practices may be held pending local commander approval. Some practices are held off base and must have special consideration by the principal and commander.

Installation commanders at the originating and receiving communities are the approving authority on all study trips.

For more information or question on the cancellations, call Karen Seadore at DSN 338-7801.

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