Red Deer student assaulted at bus stop
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools officials are cautioning parents and reminding them to talk to their children about strangers and street safety after a student was punched.
A male middle school student was assaulted after getting off a bus in West Park. He was approached by an adult male who punched him in the stomach, tried to search him for valuables and then ran off.
According to a letter sent home with students of Ecole Camille J. Lerouge School, the student ran home and reported the incident to his parents.
Red Deer RCMP are investigating.
The male who is believed to have assaulted the student is described as about 50 years old, with white hair and a long white beard. He was wearing a blue jacket with patches and blue track pants.
The letter detailed how the school’s teachers have spoken to students about how to respond when approached by a stranger.
Paul Mason, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools superintendent, said this incident is an opportunity to remind parents and students of how to stay safe.
Letters home to parents are a typical response from schools when an incident like this occurs. Mason said such incidents are rare, but when they do happen the school district wants to keep parents informed and aware.
The letter reminds parents to talk to their children about establishing a buddy system, being cautious and keeping a safe distance when talking to strangers, using well-travelled and well-lit streets and never getting into or approaching an unknown vehicle, among other tips.
“Safety is a major concern for us,” said Mason.