ALOHA, Ore. -- An Aloha neighborhood was on alert for a man who allegedly groped a middle school girl Thursday afternoon. Children at Mountain View Middle School plan to be extra cautious on the walk to and from school.
On Thursday, a girl was grabbed in the buttocks while she was waiting to cross the street. The girl was wearing headphones and hadn’t noticed the man was right behind her.
“It’s really scary,” said 7th-grader McKenzi Mohlsick. “To think that I could have been that girl and that this is a girl who goes to my school, concerns me.”
Mohlsick said she tries to focus on safety wherever she goes.
“I try to always look around me, just to make sure there is no one around me that I feel uncomfortable around,” Mohlsick said.
Police failed to find the suspect Thursday.
Mountainview assistant principal Rhett Bouderau said the school notified parents and distributed safety tips.
“The whole goal of our policy to keep kids safe,” Bouderau said. “Things like walking with a partner, not talking to strangers, keeping your wits about you, if you see someone you don’t recognize in the community let a trusted adult know.”
Karla Briseno was one of two school Crossing Guards on duty on Thursday and took the incident to heart.
“She ran up to me and said, ‘Someone grabbed me!’ and I said ‘Oh, no poor thing,’” Briseno recalled. “As a parent, I think I would have jumped the guy.”