Headteacher's warning after pupil approached by stranger

A Horsham headteacher has issued a warning to parents after she said that a pupil was approached by a stranger in the Bishopric.

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News. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150807-174836001

Shelley Dutson, headteacher at St Mary’s School, sent out a letter to hundreds of parents following the incident on Wednesday afternoon (May 3).

She told the County Times a year six pupil had been walking home from school when he stopped to have a sit down on a bench in the Bishopric.

A car pulled up in the road and a man asked the boy if he wanted a lift. He ignored him and walked home.

The pupil had described the man as black, in his mid 30s and wearing a hat, the head teacher said.

Mrs Duston immediately sent out a warning email to parents.

She explained Year 5 and 6 pupils were allowed to walk home on their own.

“I have also used the opportunity to speak to our Year 5 and 6 pupils to give them a warning on stranger danger,” she added.

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