School on stranger danger alert

EDUCATION Queensland has told Emerald State School parents and students to be on the lookout for a group of men seen acting suspiciously outside the school grounds this week.

Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said police were aware of an incident on Tuesday afternoon involving a nine-year-old schoolboy.

“An older style white car with two males in the front and two in the back approached the young fellow and asked him to jump in the car which was outside Australia Post in Egerton St,” he said.

“He said they told him to get into the car, but he ran off to his mother’s workplace nearby.

“Police have been doing patrols and there have been no other occurrences, but we would warn parents to be vigilant with their children, and explain to them the dangers of strange vehicles.”

EQ regional director Wayne Butler said staff were aware of the incident at the school.

“School staff have also reinforced the importance of protective behaviours with students and asked parents to talk with their children about stranger awareness,” he said.

“The safety of students is always paramount.”


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