Woodside: Students approached by strangers offering rides


Woodside Elementary middle school students walking to, from and around Roberts Market in Woodside have been approached by strangers in cars, either trying to talk to them or offer them rides, according to a Jan. 27 advisory sent to parents of students at the school.

The Sheriff's Office has been notified and has said it will "saturate" the area with patrol cars after school, the advisory says. The market is at the corner of Woodside and Mountain Home roads, a few minutes walk from the Woodside Elementary School. Many students go there after school.

Superintendent Beth Polito said that the incident was "unwanted attention" and although nothing serious happened it was enough that it was "worrisome behavior."

Parents are advised to tell students to walk in groups, and, if approached by a stranger to immediately go to where other people are or inside a business and then call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at (650) 363-4911. Students waiting for a ride after school or events are advised to wait near buildings, not in the parking lot.

The school says it plans to meet with fifth- to eighth-grade students to talk about safety and the recent events, and with younger students about "stranger danger" in general, the message said.

Barbara Wood

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6 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jan 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Are descriptions of the cars and drivers available?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Not a very good article. Lacks a lot of information.

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Posted by Jenny Redo
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

I believe I just read something similar happening at Red Morton Park today. Hopefully the police are working together. Someone posted it on nextdoor:

Hi all,
I never post here but something disturbing happened to my youngest daughter(14) today on her walk to school and I felt I should warn other people for the safety of their children. My daughter was walking to school late today and on Vera between Roosevelt School and Red Morton park a Hispanic man with a mustache about 30ish in a blue 4 door Honda saw her slowed down rolled down his window and checked her out in his side mirror. He then went around the block and stopped to talk to my daughter asking directions. He then ask her where she went to school and she lied and told him Woodside and he asked her if she would like a ride. My daughter then said no and walked away fast and called me. I called the police and they went to my daughters school and talked to her. The police had told me that someone with the same description did the same thing last night with a girl from Sequoia walking home after her sports practice. Keep your kids safe everyone make sure they no what to do if this happens to them! We have a nut out there on a hunt to do God knows what to our kids. Thank God my daughter knew what to do and got the heck outta there.

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