Child assaulted near elementary school
Police cruiser, mobile command post, outside Fieldcrest Elementary School in Bradford, on Friday November 3, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
Bradford – South Simcoe Police are investigating an Assault that occurred outside an elementary school on Professor Day Drive in Bradford, at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 1.
The victim, a 15 year old female, was standing outside the school when she was approached by an unknown male. The male approached her from behind, and wrapped both his arms around her. The victim attempted to alert a woman, standing in the vicinity, at which time the suspect put his hand over the victim's mouth.
The bystander saw the interaction and indicated she was calling police – at which point, the suspect released the victim and fled on foot southbound through a vacant lot, towards Blue Dasher Blvd.
The suspect is described as male, white, 5' 10”, thin build, in his 50s or 60s, with white hair, a full white beard, and bloodshot eyes. He was wearing glasses, a white and black striped toque, black hooded sweater, blue jeans and black shoes.
Police are asking the bystander, and anyone who witnessed the interaction, to please call the Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 905-775-3311, or Crime Stoppers.
South Simcoe Police are working with the Simcoe County District School Board and Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board to alert students and parents alike, and offer the following safety tips:
. If your child walks to school or to the bus stop, try to arrange a walking buddy or group.
. If your child walks to school, make sure they travel main routes, rather than taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
. Try a “what if?” game for your child, to get them thinking about how they would respond if threatened or afraid.
. Know who your child is with, and where they go; keep a list of your child's friends, their addresses and phone numbers.
. Teach your children where and how to get help. Go with them on their regular travel routes, and point out safe places to go for help.
. Teach your child to talk to you immediately, if anyone does something that makes them feel strange or uncomfortable. Listen when your child is trying to tell you about something that bothers them, and provide them with support and understanding.
South Simcoe Police brought in the mobile command post, and set up outside the school on Friday, talking with parents and students. The investigation is ongoing.