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Be Safe as You Walk To and From School

February 21, 2014 08:55 AM
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We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred in a neighboring school district Wednesday morning.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, an adult white male in his mid-20's unsuccessfully attempted to lure a student from Julian Middle School on the 100 block of Madison Street in Oak Park into his dark blue minivan while she was walking to school. The student immediately ran to the school and reported the incident to the building staff. The Oak Park Police Department is currently investigating the incident and searching for the offender.

Incidents like this remind us all about the safety precautions our students should take when they are walking around our area, whether it is to/from school or on the weekends. Below are safety guidelines that have been compiled for our students with the assistance of area police:
  • Always try to walk in groups or with at least one other person.
  • Walk on sidewalks and other open areas rather than alleys that have less visibility.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any strangers who are nearby.
  • Do not wear ear buds or headphones, so that you can remain alert to your surroundings.
  • If you have a concern about another person near you, go to a neighbor’s house, find an adult to assist you, or go back to school.
  • Never approach a vehicle unknown to you even if the occupant speaks to you.
  • Yell loudly and run if you feel you are in danger.
  • Be sure to tell your parents and/or school officials if something happens. Parents should contact the police and the school. 
Thank you for your help in keeping all the children of our community safe.
 
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