The message below was sent to the Merrick Ave. Middle School parents. Please remind your children of stranger safety. We will continually do the same in our schools.

At approximately 7:45 this morning, at the corner of Merrick Avenue and Smith Street near the bank, an 8th grade male student who was walking to school was approached by a Hispanic man on the sidewalk. The man spoke to the student in Spanish and attempted to grab him by the arm but failed to make physical contact. The man appeared to be in his late thirties with a mustache, a dark jacket, dark blue jeans, and bushy black hair. The student ran away from the man and the man did not follow him. The student immediately reported the incident to the main office at Merrick Avenue Middle School and the Nassau County Police came to the school to investigate. As a school community, we will continue to work with the 1st Precinct to ensure the safety of our students. As we have recently stressed, please continue to reinforce safety precautions with your child.