School issues warning to parents after two schoolgirls allegedly 'approached' by men
A second school in Dublin 15 has issued a warning to parents after two schoolgirls were allegedly approached by two men in a black car last week.
Hartstown Community College, a secondary school, has asked parents to speak with their children about safety after the suspicious incident.
The approach happened at approximately 8.30pm last Wednesday as the teens walked on the Hartstown Road.
The group message is the second to be sent to parents in the area within just a week though it is not known if the two are connected.
Last Wednesday, a man allegedly approached a young pupil at Scoil Mhuire Senior School in Clonsilla at around 4pm prompting school authorities to caution parents.
Dublin West Cllr David McGuinness told the Herald that people in the area are concerned about the number of incidents in the Blanchardstown area - with some reports that school goers have been approached with knives in separate incidents.
"It's hard to say what is going on but there are concerns we all have locally," he said.
"It is well known that teenagers now have phones, tablets or jewellery on them as they go to and from school."
He said that the school was likely being "ultra-cautious" on foot of last week's incident.
Parents should speak with their children about being approached by strangers, the importance of staying in groups and when to raise the alarm, he pointed out.
"This is the second time in Dublin 15 in one week that this type of messaging system has been used to warn parents about safety," he said.
"It highlights the fact that there are some people in our community who have no intention of contributing positively to it. It has raised alarm bells as this certainly seems to be an issue here as to whether this is a trend that gardai need to be investigating."
A garda spokesperson confirmed that Blanchardstown gardai are investigating a "suspicious approach".