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.