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Girl Grabbed at Holyoke School, Two Other Suspicious Incidents Lead to Cancellation of After-School Activities

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Three suspicious incidents at three different Holyoke schools have caused after-school activities to be canceled for the day.

Holyoke School Superintendent David Dupont says that the first incident happened around 9:10 Friday morning.

An 8-year-old girl was dropped off late to the Morgan School when she reported to school officials that a man put her hands on her as she was heading to school and tried to grab her.

A neighbor was able to intervene and get the girl to safety, says Dupont. She was shaken up but not physically harmed.

The only description the girl was able to provide was that the man had a tan complexion and was wearing light sneakers.

Around 10:10 a.m., staff at the Donahue School reported seeing a man go up to one of the windows at the school, waved, then quickly disappeared.

Then around 11:20 a.m., someone reported to Peck School officials seeing a man, with a similar tan complexion, wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt, cut jeans, and light sneakers, looking suspiciously at the school.

He took off a short time later.

The description of the man in the Donahue and Peck incidents were similar, Dupont notes.

Dupont adds that all recess during the school day and after school activities, except athletics, were cancelled district-wide. Athletics, he explained, would still be held because of the supervision involved.

Dupont urges anyone with information to call the Holyoke Police Department at (413) 536-6431

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