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Buffalo school parents warned of ‘stranger alert’

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Buffalo Public School parents and families received a robocall message altering them of an incident that occurred Friday morning.  A female student was followed this morning on the city's west side at Niagara and Virginia.

Buffalo Police have been notified of the incident. The suspicious person is described as male, possibly Latino, heavy set with brown hair and a thin beard. He was wearing a brownish-grey-coat.

The student said she was followed to Maryland Street.   A Buffalo Public School Safety Resource Officer met the student and reported the incident to Police. City school parents are urged to make sure they tell their children to avoid strangers.  

The following is the entire alert issued to city school parents:

"This is Kevin Eberle, Chief Operations Officer for the Buffalo Public Schools.

The purpose of this call is to inform you of reports of a person who followed a female student on the lower west side this morning.  Police have been notified and are aware of school arrival and dismissal times.

The incident involved a male, possibly Latino, on foot, 5'5" to 5'7", heavy set, brown hair, thin beard, waist length brownish-grey coat, on Niagara and Virginia, who followed the student to Maryland Street.  A Buffalo Public School Safety Resource Officer met with the student and subsequently reported to B District. 

Please have a conversation with your children regarding how to avoid strangers and make them aware of the description of this person, along with the message that all similar incidents are to be avoided and should be reported.  These occurrences provide the opportunity for you to talk about personal safety in general, and the importance of looking out for the safety of others as well.

If you have any additional information or concerns regarding this or a similar incident, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you, and have a pleasant and safe evening."