Following posts on social media recently about a stranger approaching students, we felt we needed to respond. On Friday, an ‘older man’ in a silver car pulled up near two Year 7 students and asked them if they wanted any sweets. The students quickly reported the incident to Mr Livesey. Mr Livesey informed PC Kate, who immediately went out into Gamble Avenue and alerted other patrols. In light of this incident, we have put together some important points for students to be mindful of when traveling to and from College. Please discuss with your daughter/son; the safety of students is of paramount importance to us.
Advice for Students
- Where possible, students should walk home with someone else they trust, such as a friend or a family member.
- If approached by someone in a vehicle, e.g. to ask directions/to chat, they should stay well back from the vehicle.
- There is absolutely no requirement to speak to anyone in a car or otherwise if they do not want to.
- If sensing any danger, students should always run and find help rather than wait to see what happens.
- Going into a nearby shop, cafe, even an office block to ask for help are all acceptable ways to avoid danger if they are ever spooked by the behaviour of a motorist or passerby.
- Avoid wearing head phones that could affect your ability to hear people or vehicles approaching.
- THINK! Road Safety and take care when crossing the road STOP- LOOK – LISTEN – THINK.
- Keep your mobile phone on so parents and carers can contact you and be sure to return home by a set time each day.
- Report any suspicious circumstances to the police, PC Kate or to any member of staff.
- Be sure your parents always know where you are and how to contact you.
- If possible, go out accompanied by friends and return home with them.
- If you do go out alone, arrange transport to and from where you are going – with a relative, friends etc – and confirm arrangements for your return journey before you set off.
- If your arranged transport from a concert or other event fails to arrive and you can see that you will be left on your own, speak to the organisers and ask to use their telephone to make other arrangements. Ask to stay until transport arrives.
- Don’t accept a lift from someone you’ve only just met.
- Wherever you are, be aware of how to make an emergency telephone call and the quickest way out.