Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scarborough parents act after child-luring attempts

Melissa Chee-Aloy is one of the organizers selling signs for parents of student
at Fairmount Public School in Scarborough.
A group of parents, “paranoid” and “horrified” by a recent string of child-luring attempts near a Scarborough elementary school, have launched a sign campaign to alert the community and deter predators.

“This has just shaken everything up,” said Melissa Chee-Aloy, who launched the campaign this week as a mother of two students.

“I was horrified when I heard.”

On June 3, a man and woman in a car approached two girls, aged 7 and 8, near a park just behind Fairmount Public School during lunch break. The couple suggested the students would “have more fun” with them, said parent Kirsten Caspersen, involved in the campaign.

That same afternoon, a boy in Grade 6 dropped his bike and fled the schoolyard after two men in a cargo van invited him in to play video games. Another boy was approached in a van three days later on his way to school, said Parthi Kandavel, the local trustee on the Toronto District School Board.

A fourth incident occurred more recently, police confirmed Thursday.  (more...)

Place a few signs in the teachers' lounge, too

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