2017-10-12 / News

Flushing Schools releases stranger safety tips following incident last Thursday

By Sam Tunningley

FLUSHING - The Flushing School District, via its website, has provided a list of safety tips to deal with strangers, following an incident Thursday, October 5, where a student was approached by a man asking suspicious questions after school hours.

Deputy Superintendent Matt Shanafelt posted a notice on the Flushing Schools’ Facebook page announcing details of the situation. The student was waiting at a bus stop around 4:15 p.m. near the corner of Linden Road and Pasadena Avenue when a bald African-American male with a grey beard stopped in his black Lexus “with tinted windows” to talk.

The student grew suspicious of his questions and left the scene to tell an adult. The situation was looked into by the Mt. Morris Police Department.

Shanafelt said he shared the event “out of extreme caution and seeks to again remind all of our students to remain vigilant and that if something does not look right, to please report it to someone in authority as soon as possible, or to call 911.”

The tips offered to students to defend against strangers by the Flushing School District include Safety tips provided for students by the Flushing Community Schools warning them to never talk to or take anything from strangers; stay more than an arm’s reach away from and never go anywhere with people you don’t know; use the buddy system; and, if approached by a stranger, run to a safe place.

A more comprehensive list can be found on the school’s website at flushingschools.org.

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