WAIKELE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Virgie Millerd's kids and nephew play at the playground on Waikele Elementary School. Her daughter is in the 5th grade at the school. The administration sent a letter home yesterday, alerting families that after school on Wednesday a student was asked to approach a faded green van with dark tint on Lumiaina Street, which is right around the corner from the school. The letter did not say if the suspect was a man or woman. The student refused and ran home, and then told parents, who notified the school Thursday morning.
"There is a little bit of concern of course but I know that Waikele always pulls together as a community," said Virgie Millerd, Waikele Elementary School Parent.
Honolulu Police were called and reminded kids not to talk to strangers, never get into unknown vehicles and go straight to and from school. Millerd has had the "stranger danger" talk with her daughters.
"If they're ever walking they should always be walking with somebody else, preferably an adult, or if you're walking with your friends always look around," said Millerd.
She feels comfortable in Waikele, with the school and the "Waikele Posse," which is a community association group that notifies people of issues or incidents.
"I think if everybody looks out for each other the kids should be safe no matter what," said Millerd.
Vice Principal Kelly Castellano says the school will continue to take extra safety measures, and that student safety is the first priority at Waikele Elementary.
This follows another suspected child predator targeting the Hickam area. Since last December, there have been several reports of a man in a blue or gray van coming up to students at Mokulele and Hickam Elementary. In one case last month, police say the man cornered a student and asked 'where do you think you're going?'
Police are also still looking for a man accused of two separate attacks on girls. The suspect pinned them to the ground. In December one girl says she was grabbed in Makiki. The other girl says just this week he tried to force her to swallow a pill. Both girls managed to fight him off. The man is described as about 5 feet 4 inches tall and in his 50's. He was last seen riding an older model white and red moped with scratches.
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