Red Deer RCMP are investigating a report of a suspicious person who approached children outside Annie L Gaetz Elementary School. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP are investigating a report of a suspicious person who approached children outside Annie L Gaetz Elementary School. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP receive a report about a suspicious person on school property

Students approached outside Annie L Gaetz Elementary School

Red Deer RCMP are investigating after a suspicious person was reported on school property on Thursday.

RCMP said a suspicious male reportedly approached children on school property outside Annie L Gaetz Elementary School yesterday at about 3 p.m. and invited them to his van for candy.

RCMP have confirmed the students are safe.

The male was on foot and described as Caucasian, tall and slender, with a shaved head. He wore a blue-striped shirt and brown shorts.

Police encourage parents to speak to their children about safety. The concept of a ‘stranger’ can be difficult for some children to understand, and following safety habits can help keep kids safe:

• Teach children not to go anywhere with anyone without first getting permission from a parent/ guardian.

• Teach children to always have a buddy with them.

• Practice scenarios with your child. Ask them what they would do if someone approaches them, asks them for help, says their parent sent them.

• Discuss what to do if your child becomes lost or separated from a parent while out in public.

• Encourage your child to tell a parent or trusted adult if someone approaches them, or if a situation makes them uncomfortable.

• Teach your child to trust their instincts and the importance of paying attention to their surroundings.

• Discuss what to do if someone tries to take them somewhere, like shouting, kicking, screaming. Use the slogan: “If asked to go and your parents don’t know, SHOUT NO!”

• Teach older children how to stay safe when home alone.

RCMP said safety education is important, as it helps build a child’s confidence and critical thinking skills, and prepares them for situations they may encounter.

Anyone with information about this incident to Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.



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