Rare Pokemon Go Creatures Should Be Removed From Schools, France's Education Minister Says

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is requesting a meeting with Niantic to see what could be done.


France's education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said this week that Pokemon Go could lead to a potential security risk in that people could try to walk in to schools in search of Pokemon to catch. As a result, she would like to see rare Pokemon removed from schoolgrounds in the country.

She told media, including the Associated Press (via Polygon), that she intends to meet with Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs to discuss what could be done. There is currently an option to request the removal of a PokeStop or Gym, but it's neither an instant nor guaranteed solution.

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Some groups have been successful in their efforts to have their establishments scrubbed off the Pokemon Go map, including the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb memorial in Japan.

Vallaud-Belkacem specifically mentioned rare Pokemon as being the ones she'd like to see removed from schools in France. As The AP points out, France remains in a national state of emergency after November 2015's terrorist attack and July's truck massacre in Nice.

The education minister's comments come at the start of the new school year. Pokemon Go is likely to be yet another classroom distraction for teachers to have to deal with, in addition to the potential security issues that Vallaud-Belkacem mentioned.

In other recent news about Pokemon Go, lawmakers in California are calling on the governor to expand the existing texting ban to include playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel. Additionally, a version of the game is coming to the Dreamcast's VMU, while there will be an Eevee doll at Build-a-Bear. Also, Niantic has unbanned some players.

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