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Lafayette’s Burton Valley School Issues Advisory After Student Approached By Stranger Tuesday

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Burton Valley Elementary School Principal Meredeth Dolley issued a school-wide advisory to parents after a stranger reportedly approached a student walking alone after school.

The person, who was not immediately identified, allegedly attempted to entice the child into their car. Dolley issued the following statement to parents:

Hello Burton Valley Community,
I am so sorry to have to write to you tonight to share that there was an attempt to entice a Burton Valley student into a stranger’s car today after school.  The student is safe at home because the child did all the correct things in this situation.

A black SUV pulled up alongside the student walking alone on Rohrer Drive towards Rancho Colorados Swim Club at approximately 2:50 today.  The driver – who had spiky brown hair – rolled down his window just enough to ask/tell the student he would like to give a ride.  The student immediately said no and ran towards a grown up walking with other students up the street.  The SUV then sped off in the other direction. 

We are working closely with the Lafayette Police Department to investigate this situation.  They will also provide a police presence after school to ensure the safety of all of our children.

While our school is nestled in an incredibly engaged and caring neighborhood, we can never be too safe when it comes to our children.  Please remember to speak to your Bobcat about what to do if this situation occurs again.

Our Stand Up and Be Safe Program at school reminds our students to have a “password” with their family.  This sort of safety measure can help a student know that a person is safe to go with or not.

Thank you for keeping your eyes open and reporting any suspicious behavior.  I promise to keep us all informed should there be any further details that might help keep our Burton Valley community safe.  If you have any questions about how to talk to your student please feel free to contact me at any time.
Most sincerely,
Meredith Dolley


  1. When did this predation become so brazen and so common? We are getting stories every day of past and present abuses. The Church. The Boy Scouts. I think the human species is long past its zenith. There’s only one way to go from here.

  2. Wow. This is more common than most people think. Years ago it was swept under the rug. Unless an actual attempted abduction takes place, a lot of kids won’t even tell their parents. Maybe they fear being believed. Or they weren’t scared, and they forget about it. Maybe they tell their friends instead.

    I have no idea if it’s true, but I remember reading (years ago) the average pedophile molests 87 times before he’s caught. No idea how they have those stats – maybe confessions?

    Thankfully, it’s no longer swept under the rug. Use the buddy system on the way to school. And parents need to keep an eye on adults around their children. If he (or she) is paying too much attention to your child, it’s a red flag. It’s commonly know as grooming the child

    Stay safe…

  3. The password idea is great – I’m going to implement that immediately with my kids.

    Yes, definitely use the buddy system as someone already mentioned – but also, as an adult, please be vigilant for all the school children around you. If something or someone just doesn’t feel right, stay an extra minute to watch and listen and make sure the child is safe before moving on. Ask them if they are ok or if they need help. You’d be surprised at how often they do.

    Thank you for sharing the letter from the principal – I’m in a neighboring community and this is really good information to help keep our precious children safe.

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