Port Jefferson School District Superintendent Max R. Riley sent a note to parents Thursday reminding them to have their children be wary of strangers following an incident in Mount Sinai two days earlier in which a man allegedly offered a student a ride home. The student refused and ran home unhurt.
Here’s his full letter:
On November 30, 2010, a complaint was filed with Suffolk County police regarding an attempt by an adult male in Mt. Sinai to pick up a middle school student walking home from school. The man pulled alongside the youngster to offer him a ride.
The man is described as white male, with long brown hair, wearing a nose ring. He has a tattoo on his neck. He was driving a white, 4-door Nissan.
The student refused the offer and ran home, unhurt. The driver left the scene.
Please review this incident with your children and remind them of safety rules regarding approaches by strangers. Encourage them not to walk alone and to be alert to strangers in the vicinity, especially anyone matching this description.
In a phone conversation, Riley said he learned of the incident from the Mount Sinai School District, and then passed on the information.
“We routinely cooperate in these instances,” Riley said.
A call to Mount Sinai Middle School, which the student attends, was not immediately returned.