FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend ISD Police Department officers are increasing their presence in the Steep Bank Trace area after female students reported that they were approached by a male stranger while waiting for their bus to Baines middle School this morning, Jan. 18.
Two students reported being approached by a man at a bus stop at Acorn Ridge. The individual is described as an Asian male with gray hair in his late 50’s. The man allegedly approached one student and asked if she was okay, and then told another student that someone was looking for her. The students reported that they did not feel threatened as the man quickly walked away. The students were able to board their bus safely and report the incident to administration when they arrived at school.
“Upon their arrival at school, we learned a few other girls reported being approached in the area, however, they did not previously report it to adults and it is not certain whether the incidents are connected, or when exactly they occurred,” said Baines Principal J. J. Roberts in an email to parents.
As a precaution, officers will increase police presence in the Steep Bank Trace area. The Fort Bend ISD Police Department is investigating and has also notified the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
“While we are extremely thankful this incident didn’t escalate further, it does serve as a good reminder to talk with your child and provide them with safety tips to utilize when walking in the neighborhood to and from school,” said Roberts. “Also, please encourage them to always be aware of their surroundings and to immediately alert a trusted adult if they ever feel threatened in any way. I appreciate your help in making safety a top priority at Baines. If you have any questions, you can call me at 281-634-6870.”