HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaiser High School has sent out an alert to parents after one of its students was assaulted this week as she was walking home from school.
According to authorities, the attack happened at 2:45 p.m. along Lunalilo Home Road, right in front of the school near the Hawaii Kai fire station.
According to interim principal Justin Mew, the attacker grabbed the female sophomore's shoulder with one hand and groped her briefly with the other.
"So she turned around, and when she did that, the suspect had used sexually explicit language and vulgar language," said Mew.
Mew said the girl was able to refuse, and then broke free of her attacker.
"She ran to the fire department, which is close by at the bottom of our hill, and apparently the suspect ran off in the opposite direction," he said.
The crew in the fire station immediately took her in and called police. She stayed at the fire station until her parents picked her up, Mew said.
In its alert, the school described the attacker as an Asian male in his late 20s to early 30s, about five feet, four inches to five feet, six inches in height, with a light mustache.
Mew said his office has already received tips on the suspect.
"I did receive a text from a parent at this school that said she knows somebody who let me know that they think they know who this person is," he said.
At least one student said she may have seen someone earlier who matched that description.
"He looked like he was waiting for me," said sophomore Sienna Mack. "So I crossed the road, and okay, that's creepy. And then I saw him again by himself."
The attack has rattled some in the community and at the otherwise quiet high school. Students are aware of the alert and say they're on guard.
"I'd probably punch the person, and scream really loud. Like really, really loud," said sophomore Halie Speer.
Mew said the attack was wake-up call and a reminder for students and parents.
"Be mindful of your surroundings. Look defensively," he said.
"I hate to say it, but in this day and age, you just never know."