Evanston/Skokie School Superintendent Hardy Murphy says three Walker Elementary School students and one from Chute Middle School were approached by suspicious persons Tuesday afternoon.

The incident reportedly happened about 4 p.m. in the area of Crain Street and Kimball Avenue in Skokie.

Murphy says Skokie police advised school officials that a medium blue SUV drove up to the four students and one occupant asked them, “How was school today?”

The driver of the SUV was described as a male, either white or Hispanic, with grey hair. A passenger in the car was described as a male. He was white, with dark hair and a white baseball cap.

Murphy says none of the students responded to the stranger and one of them immediately ran home to inform her parent.

Murphy suggests that parents remind children to be extra cautious, walk home with friends, and not speak with strangers or approach any stranger’s vehicle.

In the event something suspicious happens, they should be encouraged to immediately report such incidents to their teacher, school principal, or parent.

As the children did in this case — walking in a group, not talking to a stranger, and immediately reporting the incident to a trusted adult are all perfect examples of what children should do in these types of situations, Murphy says.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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