(WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) — Colin Winship wants to enrol in the school band program — just like tens of thousands of other Manitoba children.

But the School District of Mystery Lake has rejected 11-year-old Colin’s request to enrol in band at Thompson’s Riverside Elementary School in the fall because he is home-schooled.

Mystery Lake school board chairman Rob Pellizzaro said in a prepared statement Colin is welcome to join the band program — all he has to do is become a full-time public-school student. Otherwise, public-school programs are for public- school kids.

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