2 cases of 'stranger danger' in Glendale

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The Deer Valley Unified School District is reminding children to be aware of their surroundings and follow safety tips after receiving reports of a man following students as they walked home from school.

The district contacted the Glendale Police Department after a man reportedly followed a Hillcrest Middle School student who was heading home from school last Thursday.

A letter was sent to parents on Friday, informing them of the incident. The letter said that a student reported being followed by an older white man driving a four-door black car while walking home at around 3:15 p.m.

The man got out of the vehicle and started to approach the student.

The student and parent reported the incident to school administrators.

On Tuesday, a letter was sent to parents of students at Arrowhead Elementary School notifying them of an incident that occurred Monday afternoon at 75th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

A parent notified the school administration that her son was chased by an older white man who had a mustache. The parent is in the process of filing a police report.

At this time, it’s unknown if the same man was involved in both incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department.

Friday's notice sent to Hillcrest Middle School parents:

"At 3:00 pm today a Hillcrest student and their parent informed us that on Thursday February 9th at 3:15 pm while their student was walking home they were followed by an older white male that was driving a 4 door black car. They also reported that the male had gotten out of the vehicle and started to approach their student. Glendale Police have been notified of the situation, took a report and will be investigating. This is a good reminder to have a talk with your student about how they walk home, who they walk home with and to be aware of their surroundings. We at Hillcrest want to ensure that all of our students are safe. Thank you and have a good weekend."

Tuesday's letter to Arrowhead Elementary School parents:

February 14, 2017 

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

The safety of your child is a priority of Arrowhead Elementary and the Deer Valley Unified School District. With that in mind, there is some information that I feel is important to share with you as we work together to maintain a secure campus and safe community for our students. 

School administration was notified today by a parent that when walking home from school yesterday at 75th Avenue and Union Hills, her son was chased by an older white male who had a mustache. The parent is in the process of notifying Glendale Police to file a report. 

This incident reminds us how important it can be to talk to children about what to do if a stranger approaches them. Please take a moment to share these safety tips with your child: 

• Do not talk to strangers, if approached 

• If approached, run away immediately, and tell a parent, school staff member or call 911 

• Always walk or ride in groups 

• Do not wait for parent pick-up/rides home in areas outside of campus that are not supervised 

• Always pay attention to your surroundings 

If you have information or see suspicious activity, contact Glendale Police immediately. To report information on threats or dangerous situations, contact our school office 623-376-4104 or the District’s Safe School Hotline 623-376-3262. 

Vivian Hunt, Principal 
Arrowhead Elementary

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