Schools Remind Parents 'To Employ Safety Practices and Procedures'

Following Monday night's reported attempted abduction in Hamilton, school officials have reminded parents "to employ safety practices and procedures" and the school's curriculum that relates to child safety.

School leaders joined police on Tuesday in warning students and parents to “remain vigilant” and report any suspicious activity to police after .

In addition, Hamilton police have directed residents to the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – from a link on the Hamilton Police website – for more information about child safety.

“I have spoken with Chief Stevens from the and am asking all parents to remind their children to employ safety practices and procedures as we teach through our Respect and Responsibility curriculum and report any suspicious activity immediately,” interim school Superintendent Peter Gray said in his message, sent via the Connect-CTY system midday on Tuesday.

Gray’s message followed a Connect-CTY sent by the Hamilton police on Monday night, first alerting residents to the attempted abduction and giving them a description of a white van with blue marking that was believed to be involved.

As of Wednesday morning, there was no new update on the investigation or search for .

The incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on Monday when a man in a white van pulled up near a juvenile and motioned them to come over. The juvenile then ran into a wooded area and went home, where it was reported to a neighbor who called police.


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