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Fergus school warns of incident where child was asked to enter a person's car

Police confirm they investigated a suspicious person call

FERGUS – A Fergus school is warning students and parents to be on alert following an incident where a student was approached and asked to enter someone's car. 

An email sent to parents of John Black Public School, a K-Grade 8 elementary school on Lamond Street in Fergus, dated Tuesday said the previous evening an unknown individual approached a student who was riding their bike near a friend’s house. 

“The individual asked the student where they lived and to get into the car,” the email said. “The student immediately left the scene and reported the incident to her parents.”

Wellington County OPP spokesperson Josh Cunningham said "investigators were called to Lamond St on the 15th at about 4:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious person. An unidentified male driver of a blue sedan spoke with a student. Investigators have not been able to identify the driver."

“We commend the student for their actions,” the email said. “Leaving the scene and telling a trusted adult is the right thing to do.”

The email asks parents to reinforce the message of reminding students not to speak to anyone unfamiliar to them, to never go with anyone without permission and to immediately report to an adult if they are approached by someone.

The Upper Grand District School Board confirmed the letter was sent to parents and guardians of students at the school.