Police advise parents to teach kids about “stranger danger”

Police encouraging everyone who sees something to say something

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Easthampton Police are advising parents to talk to their kids about stranger danger. It was about 7:45 Monday morning when a man in a van approached a student in the area of School Street and Clarke Avenue, near the Center Elementary School. Police say the man was driving a white or light grey mini-van that may have been a Honda.

The suspect is described as a thin white man in his 30’s wearing glasses with a blue frame. Than man allegedly told the student to get in his vehicle. Easthampton Police are warning parents to talk with their kids about stranger danger and offered this advice to kids who may be approached.

Alan Schadel, School Resource Officer told 22News, “Just like this young person did, get away as fast as you can and report it as soon as you can. Make as much noise as you can as well so you draw attention to yourself and people will start looking at what is going on.”

They are encouraging everyone who sees something to say something. The police sent out a phone recording to all parents informing them about the incident and told 22News they increased patrols in that area Wednesday.