Two Irish schools issue WARNING after students approached by suspicious men

8th Mar 18 | News

This is very scary…

Two Irish schools have issued a warning to parents after some of their students were approached by suspicious men.

The two separate incidents happened in the Castleknock and Clondalkin areas of Dublin.

According to Dublin Live, in Castleknock a girl was approached by a man unknown to her on her way home from school on the main Laurel Lodge road on Monday.

When she reached Castleknock Drive reports say that "he grabbed hold of her and told her she had to come with him. . . she kicked him in the shin and ran home".

Gardai in Blanchardstown are investigating and told Dublin Live: "The incident occurred on Castleknock Drive on the March 5 at approximately 3.40pm. It’s understood a male youth, not previously known to the girl, approached and spoke to her. The girl became frightened, ran from the scene and raised the alarm.”

"Gardaí in Blanchardstown are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the matter. Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station 01 6667000."

The second incident took place at the Sacred Heart National School in Clondalkin and the school principal Liam Kelly, issued an alert to parents on Tuesday morning.

He said: "There has been a report of a man approaching two children on their way to school this morning. The man asked them some questions and the children were uncomfortable. The children had the awareness to seek help immediately at the school.”

“Please ensure you talk to your children, in a calm and appropriate manner, about how to handle situations of this nature. As part of our SPHE programme we teach the STAY SAFE PROGRAMME which educates the children about their personal safety."

Gardai subsequently confirmed to Dublin Live that they had investigated the incident in Clondalkin and spoken to the man in question and were “satisfied that there was no malicious intent”.