The Guam Police Department is looking into a report of an attempted abduction near C.L. Taitano Elementary School in Sinajana Tuesday morning.
The Guam Department of Education confirmed the incident occurred outside a church near the school at about 7:20 a.m.
A 4th grade female student says she was walking to school, when a male stranger approached her and offered her candy.
The girl said she recognized that she was in a dangerous situation and began to run away. The girl reported that the man then chased her.
She managed to get away safely and report the incident to school officials. She was unharmed.
The Guam Police Department and the girl’s parents were immediately contacted by the school.
In a community WhatsApp chat, GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao described the suspect as being a tall and skinny man wearing a red shirt and black pants.
In that WhatsApp message, Sgt. Tapao said GPD sent out a unit to C.L. Taitano to further assess.
In an interview with PNC, GDOE Public Information Officer Isa Baza said: “Right now, our schools are on high alert looking out for any unusual or suspicious activity. We also call out to communities to please be on the lookout and work together to watch out for our students as they walk to and from school in the morning.”
“As a parent, I would be worried if this happened in my community, so I think it’s definitely a community effort to come together and take that extra step to really watch out for students as they walk to and from school,” Baza added.
READ the statement from Guam DOE on the incident below:
We are aware that a 4th grade student was walking to C.L. Taitano Elementary School this morning before school started around 7:20 a.m., and reported that she was approached by a man in front of the church who offered her candy. She reported that the man chased her, and she ran away and reported the incident to school officials. The school contacted the Guam Police Department, and GPD immediately responded. Parents of the student were also notified.
“We are grateful that the student is unharmed, and that she had the courage to run and report this incident to school authorities. We are also grateful for the immediate response from the Guam Police Department. The whole school is on alert for any unusual or suspicious activity. Our call is for the community to continue to work together to watch out for our kids as they walk to and from school.” – Superintendent Jon Fernandez