Three more reports have come in of Newton children being approached by strangers.


Three more reports have come in of Newton children being approached by strangers.

 

The Newton school district sent out an alert to parents Tuesday.

 

The first was an elementary student who was approached Monday afternoon in Stratford Place by a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, with short blonde hair, described as a military cut.

 

He was driving a newer, gray four-door car.

 

He told the boy he was looking for a puppy and the boy ran from the area and the man drove away.

 

The second incident happened Tuesday morning at Eighth and high streets and involved a high school student.

 

The student was approached by an older man with white hair and beard, driving an older, white, four-door car.

 

The man asked if she wanted a ride, and she refused and continued walking. The man followed her until she reached the school and then drove away.

 

The third incident happened Sunday at Athletic Park.

 

Several children were approached by a man at the park.

 

The children ran away.

 

No attempts were made to force the children to go with the strangers.

 

Police have no suspects, and no arrests have been made. Police do not have any suspect or have made arrests in any of the other cases.

 

If you have any information about either of these incidents, contactthe Newton Police Department.

 

Lt. Eric Murphy of the Newton Police Department said police still wish for these incidents to be reported, especially if an attempt is made to forcably take a child.

 

Superintendent John Morton said the school district has been working closely with the Newton Police Department after a string of these reported incidents.

 

The school resource officers are talking to students about stranger danger, and police patrols have been increased, he said.

 

The district also will be a co-sponsor of a Girl2Girl self defense course put on by Chris Rangel and his daughter Jenna for all children ages kindergarten through eighth grade from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Willis Gym at Newton High School.

 

The event is free and free Girl2Girl DVDs will be given away. No registration is required.

 

“Again, we want to make sure we reiterate and reinforce the message that if you are approached by someone you do not know, do not respond and go the other way. We want people to try to be vigilant neighbors and vigilant of children when they are on their way to school,” Morton said.

 

Take an online interactive quiz with your children on stranger danger at www.pediatrics.about.com/od/parentingquizzes.

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