Oak Park and River Forest High School has increased security after a man in a blue pickup tried several times to coax a female student to get into his car around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a message on the OPRFHS website says.
The girl was approached on Lake Street, near the Post Office, according to OPRF.
The man is described as Hispanic, thin, about 45 and wearing a white shirt. He finally drove away, east on Lake Street, according to the school.
The vehicle is described as a small, older-model, rusty blue pickup truck with a blue cover on the back and a green stripe on the side.
Police are investigating the incident and searching for the offender.
OPRFHS has increased security and police patrols around the building and the neighborhood.
"Please be sure to speak with your students about the safety precautions they should take when they are walking around Oak Park and River Forest, whether it is to/from school or on the weekends," the message reads.
Below are safety guidelines that have been compiled for students with the assistance of the police department:
- When waiting for a ride, wait near the school building.
Always try to walk in groups or with at least one other person.
- Walk on sidewalks and other open areas rather than alleys that have less visibility.
- Be aware of your surroundings and any strangers who are nearby.
- Do not wear ear buds/headphones or text while walking, so that you can remain alert to what is going on around you.
- If you have a concern about another person near you, go to a neighbor’s house, find an adult to assist you, or go back to school.
- Never approach a vehicle unknown to you even if the occupant speaks to you.
- Yell loudly and run if you feel you are in danger.
- Be sure to tell your parents if something happens. Parents should contact the police and the school.