A kindergarten in Yuen Long has stepped up surveillance and security measures after a middle-aged man is believed to have tried to abduct a child from the school earlier this week.
On Tuesday, the principal of Sam Yuk Kindergarten, which is located along Castle Peak Road, noticed a stranger in the school premises as students were preparing to go home after morning classes.
According to principal, a woman named Chung Pui-on, the stranger was mingling with the parents and attempting to pick up a child.
As she became suspicious, Chung confronted the man and asked him for the name of the child that he was looking for.
But the man couldn’t give an answer and was also unable to show a parent’s card.
This prompted Chung to ask the stranger, a bald and tattooed man who appeared to be in his 40s, to leave the school premises.
The man hurriedly made an exit, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Chung then called the police and informed them about the incident.
Fearing that the man was possibly trying to abduct a child, the principal also apprised the parents of the matter through a letter.
Following the incident, security measures have been enhanced at the kindergarten.
Under new rules, anyone without a parent’s card will not be allowed to enter the school.
Also, teachers are required to check the identities of strangers who carry such cards, according to news website hk01.com.
The police, meanwhile, have stepped up patrols in the area and are carrying out an investigation.
Footage from surveillance cameras in the neighborhood is being examined to get some leads on the suspect in the Tuesday incident.
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