Man followed pupils to school gates – warning text sent to Rotherham parents

The text message sent to parents from the school
The text message sent to parents from the school
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A worried mum says she doesn’t feel her children are safe after receiving a text from their school warning her a man had followed two pupils.

Crags Community School in Maltby, Rotherham, sent a message to parents which warned them a pupil had been followed to school ‘by two males’.

One mum said: “I don’t let my kids play out. I don’t feel like they are safe.

“It used to be that you could go anywhere.

“It’s not like that today. Just last week I had a text from my child’s school saying a pupil had been followed.”

The message, sent by the school on January 27, said: “Be aware that a pupil was followed to school today by two males on Muglet Lane. Take extra care for your children getting home safely.”

The alert comes after the Casey Report revealed Rotherham Council is not doing enough to tackle child sexual exploitation in the town.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed it was called after the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is alleged the two males followed a 11-year-old girl while walking. No words were said and the girl was not injured.

“Officers are conducting regular patrols in the area and work closely with the local schools providing safety awareness courses for pupils.

“Anyone with concerns or wishing to report suspicious activity should call 101, or speak to your local officer on patrol.”

Alison Noble, consultant assistant director of safeguarding for Rotherham Council, said schools use texts as a means of quickly alerting parents to issues that might affect their children, including safeguarding incidents such as ‘stranger danger’.

She said: “Unfortunately, incidents happen from time to time and can range from situations such as legal highs to escaped dangerous dogs as well as ‘stranger danger’.

“The expectation is the individual school which has the responsibility makes the decision on when to send an alert to parents.

“Schools then usually liaise with South Yorkshire Police on deciding exactly on the content of the alert that goes out and if they think it is necessary, they will also inform other local schools within the area.

“In line with other authorities, Rotherham Council is not always informed and so does not monitor the number of alerts that are issued. It is up to the schools to decide on whether they inform us.

“However, the police do liaise with the authority if a particular issue at one school needs wider dissemination to other schools across the borough.”