Langley School District has issued a warning to parents about a suspicious person acting inappropriately near Brookswood Secondary and Langley Secondary in recent weeks.
The letter from the district did not originally indicate which school the encounters were near. This brought quick criticism from parents, asking the district to be more specific.
On Tuesday, Langley School District spokesman Ken Hoff said they will not be sharing any further details at this time.
“We have sent home a couple of different letters in recent weeks,” said Hoff. “We have had a couple of reports come in around suspicious strangers near some of our schools.”
H.D. Stafford principal Shawn Davids sent a letter home to parents on Dec. 19, indicating that a student there had encountered a stranger acting inappropriately near the school.
“The school administration and the RCMP have investigated the situation and recommend increased vigilance in the coming weeks.”
Davids said in the letter that students should walk in pairs or groups.
The warning issued by the district on Tuesday reads:
“Recently a student encountered a stranger acting inappropriately within the school communities of Brookswood Secondary and Langley Secondary. The student’s parent wisely reported the incident to school administration and the RCMP.
“The school administration and the RCMP have investigated the situation and recommend increased vigilance in the coming weeks. Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that students walk together in pairs, groups or with their parents/guardians and be aware of their surroundings at all times.”
The warning also asks that the rumors online and in the community stop, as they only ‘serve to instill fear and panic.’
“There are rumours online and in the community about these incidents and it is important to keep in mind that rumours on social media both during and after events of this nature do little to assist the RCMP in their enquiries and often only serve to instill fear and panic. We urge parents to talk to your children and keep communication lines open.”
A Walnut Grove Secondary parent has contacted the Times, saying students at that high school were also sent home with the letter. It was signed by principal Balan Moorthy.