We have received information from other schools in our area about a number of incidents that have occurred in the community recently involving their students who have been approached by groups of boys after hours and on weekends. The students reported that they were intimidated in these encounters, which took place in the areas of Bloor and Windermere, Bloor and Runnymede, Evelyn Avenue, and Rennie Park. In one instance, a student had money stolen and his cell phone broken. Fortunately, no one was injured. In each case, the incidents were reported to police by the families of the students who were approached, which is exactly the right thing to do.
These encounters, although not related to Swansea students, remind us of the need to review streetproofing tips with your child(ren). At school, we are fortunate to have a number of initiatives, programs, and policies that contribute to a caring and safe school. However, these incidents are occurring away from school. With warmer weather upon us, and students spending more time outdoors, I want to emphasize again to all our students, staff, and parents the need to be aware and alert at all times, no matter where you are and even in the most ordinary and everyday routines.
Our staff regularly speak to students about how to stay safe and will continue to do so. I know that you too will want to review this with your child(ren) and to help ensure our community is as safe as possible.
– Mary Salvarinas