Incident of student being followed

October 2, 2013

Around 9:30 a.m. today, a female student was approached by an adult male in a vehicle on Lake Street near the main post office. He tried several times to coax her into the vehicle before driving off eastbound on Lake Street. The incident has been reported to the Oak Park Police Department.

The male is described as Hispanic, thin, around 45 years old, wearing a white shirt. The vehicle is described as a small, older-model, rusty blue pickup truck with a blue cover on the back and a green stripe on the side. Police are investigating the incident and searching for the offender. In the meantime, we are increasing our security and police presence around our building and in the neighborhood.

Please be sure to speak with your students about the safety precautions they should take when they are walking around Oak Park and River Forest, whether it is to/from school or on the weekends. Below are safety guidelines that have been compiled for students with the assistance of the police department.

• When waiting for a ride, wait near the school building.
• 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/headphones or text while walking, so that you can remain alert to what is going on around you.
• 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 if something happens. Parents should contact the police and the school.

Thank you for your time, attention, and support as we work as a community to keep our children safe.