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Recent Scare has Schools Worried About Safety

Paige Farlow, Staff Writer

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On the morning of Oct. 3, a young Westport student who was waiting for her school bus was approached by a man who offered to show her a “cute puppy” in the back of his car.  After being asked the second time, she ran home and told her parents who then notified the police.

Such incidents bring up for the roughly 5,000 students who attend Westport’s nine public schools the important issue on how to stay safe at public places such as bus stops and what to do in this type of situation.

Colleen Banick, a vice-principal at Bedford, offered important tips. She said to always stay in contact with whoever is taking care of you, check in when going from one place to another, always carry around a cellphone or something to contact someone with in times of need, and always know someone in the general area in case of emergency.

One of the most important things Ms Banick expressed during the interview: “Always stay aware of your surroundings.”

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2 Responses to “Recent Scare has Schools Worried About Safety”

  1. Tessa LaClait on February 15th, 2018 11:07 am

    I love how you show what Ms. Banick says about the safety aspect and how you give tips on how to stay safe and away from predators.

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  2. chip on March 6th, 2018 12:15 pm

    I like how you show what the stranger did and how the police were notified it really shows why we should be worried.

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