Norfolk school issues safety alert after reports of man following student home

Posted at 7:13 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 21:32:55-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A Norfolk school issued a message to all families Wednesday regarding safety issues following reports of a man following a student home.

A Chesterfield Academy student reported to officials that while walking home after dismissal on February 11 around 3:45 p.m., she was followed by a man.

The student says she was followed by a white male in a dark hooded sweatshirt, according to Chesterfield Academy Principal Marista Alger.

Principal Alger says the student avoided the man by running back to school.

Norfolk Police said this happened hear the intersection of Ballentine Boulevard and Victoria Avenue.

On behalf of the incident, the school sent a message to all students and their families.

The message asked for parents to speak with their children regarding safety measures when walking to and from school, according to officials.

In response to the incident, Principal Alger says she contacted Norfolk Police to patrol Wednesday's afternoon dismissal.

While there was no interaction between the man and the student, police are investigating and patrolling the area as a precautionary measure.

Police remind residents of all ages to stay aware of your surroundings, travel with others when possible, let friends and family know where you’re going and do not focus on electronic devices when walking in public areas.

If you see suspicious activity, you are asked to contact police immediately by calling the non-emergency number at (757) 441-5610 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).