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Girls reportedly approached by intruder at school

TWO young girls have been reportedly approached by an intruder at Miles State School.

The two prep students were playing on a swingset yesterday morning when they say they were approached by a man.

According to the mother of one of the girls, the man told them to leave the school grounds.

"They were playing in the prep area at school and he approached them and said come outside the gates," the mother said.

"They said 'no' and then ran away. It's something parents have nightmares about. I'm pretty worried that there's these people in town."

The two girls went and told staff what had occurred, prompting a visit to the school from Miles police.

The mother, who was contacted immediately by school principal Steven Bennett and police, said she was happy with how the school handled the incident.

Miles Police said the girls were approached between 8.30 and 9am on Thursday by the man.

Police are patrolling the area and an investigation is ongoing.

There is no description of the man available at the current time.

Police stressed the importance of educating children about stranger danger.

The Chinchilla News has obtained a letter that was sent home with students yesterday afternoon informing parents of the incident.

The letter reads: "Dear Parents/Carers, I am writing to inform you that this morning 9 March 2017, two Miles State School students reported being approached by an unknown adult while playing in the school grounds. The students are safe and well. The Queensland Police Service was notified and attended the school."

"School staff have addressed the whole school to reinforce protective behaviours around safety.

"Your child may need some support and or reassurance at this time, and it may be a good opportunity for parents/carers to revisit safety behaviours.

The whole school community will continue to be vigilant regarding student safety at all times of the school day."

Miles Police have been contacted for comment.

The letter included a number of important reminders on how to stay safe.

If you are approached by a stranger, keep a safe distance and think of a direction to run if needed.

Run to a safe place, i.e. a classroom, school, friends' house, church, shop, etc.

Shout and yell as loud as you can.

Walk in groups to and from school.

Never accept a lift or enter a vehicle with someone you do not know.

Never give out your name and/or address to anyone you do not know. this is especially true on the internet.

Always let your parents or guardians know where you are. take the same route to school every day.

Be sure you know your parents' full names, addresses and phone numbers.

If possible, get a license plate number.

Ensure you always follow the school's processes on signing-in and signing-out with an adult if you are late to school or leaving school grounds during the school day.

Ensure that you wait in a supervised area before/after school whilst waiting to be picked up.

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