The tragic news from Westminster this past week has shaken us all. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ridgeway family during this time of pain and loss.
Turnberry is a community school with strong community relationships. We have hundreds of kids that walk to and from school each day. As a community, let’s look out for each other. Talk to your kids about stranger danger. Keep your eyes open for anything suspicious. If kids do walk, walk in groups, walk with friends. Have a plan.
I’ve added extra eyes to our playground supervision for the next several days as a precaution to prevent any copycats. Our goal is to simply be present and visible to deter any ideas.
As always, let us know how we can support you.
Additional Safety Tip for Going To and From School
Westminster Police Posted a Stranger Danger Tip List:
- Encourage children to buddy up and never play in danger areas such dark places, abandoned buildings, and areas where they cannot be heard if they need help.
- Tell your child that teachers, police officers and firemen are ok. Anyone your child does not know is a stranger.
- Teach your child to report the incident to an adult that they know as soon as possible.
- Teach your child his name, address, and phone number. Take annual photos of each of your children up to the age of 12.
- A stranger is anyone you don’t know. Even if someone is pretty, nice or looks safe, that person is still a stranger.
- Never go anywhere with a stranger or in a stranger’s car.
- Never take food, candy, or toys from a stranger.
- Do not pet a stranger’s animal, even if you are invited to pet it.
- You are a kid. A stranger should not ask you for help. If a stranger ask you for help, get away from him as fast as possible.
- If anyone ever makes you comfortable in any way, tell your parent or another trusted adult immediately.
- If a stranger tries to take you, yell, “No! You’re not my mommy and fight as hard as you can get loose. Kick, Bite, Scratch and run to a public place and keep running until you find an adult who can help.
- When you are in a public place, always stay with your parents. Never wander off.