CHILD SAFETY REMINDER SENT TO RUSSELL PARENTS
An incident at Russell Public School has prompted a reminder to parents about making sure of their children’s safety going to and from school. Police have also issued a “suspicious person” alert.
Staff intervened on September 4 when an unidentified person tried to pick up one of the children from the Kindercare daycare centre, a privately-owned childcare service that operates on the Russell Public School grounds. The person was not authorized to pick up the child and was prevented from leaving with the youngster.
The OPP was called about the incident and are now investigating. Meanwhile, the school posted an alert to parents about the incident on social media, through the Upper Canada District School Board’s Facebook page.
Police have released a description of a man who is now a suspect in the daycare incident.
They also have complaints about a car that followed a child on a bike in the Village of Russell.
The suspect is a white man, about fivefoot-nine, age between 35 and 40, and English-speaking with no accent. He has a number of tattoos, and is described as well built and unshaven, though his facial hair does not feature either a goatee or long sideburns. At the time of the September 4 incident, he was wearing a plaid shirt.
Police have a report that on September 5, around 2:30 p.m., an older model black car slowed down and followed a child who was biking along Concession Street and Craig Street in Russell. The side windows and windshield were tinted so the child could not see who was driving the car.
The suspect vehicle is an older model car, between a Honda Civic and Nissan Maxima in size, with tinted windows, and dark rims on the wheels. There was some rust above the license plate.
Police do not know yet if both incidents are related. Anyone with information to help identify either the man or the car in either incident can contact Det-Constable Michael Cunning at 613-443-4499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They can also phone the Crime Stoppers confidential tips line at 1-800-222-8477. Any child or parent concerned about a possible suspicious person can also call 911.
Russell Public School has also reminded parents about the Safe Arrival and Departure Program protocol, whereby all Upper Canada district staff receive training to ensure the safety of children while they are at school. Staff at the Kindercare daycare also follow the child safety protocol.
Full details of the protocol are included in every student’s school agenda book and are also available to parents upon request by phoning 613-445-2190.
La rapidité d’action du personnel a évité qu’un enfant quitte la garderie Kindercare, située sur le terrain de la Russell Public School, avec un étranger. La Police provinciale de l’Ontario enquête présentement sur cet incident survenu le 4 septembre.