Update 3 p.m. Thursday
The Beaumont Police Department has deemed the girl's claims to be unfounded, according to Chief Frank Coe. The department is still following up on the incident.
The Beaumont Unified School District sent out a notification to the parents of students at Mountain View Middle School on Wednesday, advising them that a student claimed she was grabbed walking home from school.
The incident was reported by the student to have happened on Friday, according to the district's letter. She says she was approached by the stranger near 12th Street and Beaumont Avenue.
The Beaumont Police Department is investigating the incident, according to Chief Frank Coe.
"Since the incident was reported we've had extra patrols out," said Coe. "But right now we don't believe that there's any reason parents need to be worried about their kids walking to the middle school."
He added that it's always a good time to remind people of basic safety tips. The school district sent parents and guardians these reminders:
- Students should always be aware of their surroundings, especially when walking or waiting alone
- Do not alone but Walk in groups of two or more
- Never get into a with a stranger - shout, scream, kick, bite, run and tell
- Never take anything a stranger offers you - not accept candy, food or money from a stranger Do not Walk alone in the dark
- Stay away from lonely places - do not go alone into deserted buildings, empty parking lots or places where there are few people around
- Remain on school grounds during school hours
- Immediately tell responsible admits about any suspicious activities or people encountered to or from school and give as many details as possible