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'Stranger Danger' Reported at Plymouth-Canton Schools

Canton police warn local parents to be on alert for men approaching, exposing themselves to children.

Canton Township Police are warning parents in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district to be on alert after a series of reports of men approaching or exposing themselves to children, according to a news release from the Canton Public Safety Department.

According to the news release, the latest incident occurred Wednesday, when a man in a dark gray or black four-door car with tinted windows approached a student near Discovery Middle School, 45083 Hanford Road in Canton, at about 3:12 p.m. and motioned the student toward the car.

According to the news release, the man did not say anything to indicate his intentions. One day prior, other witnesses reported seeing a car with a similar description playing loud music in the same area, but police are unsure if that incident is related to Wednesday's incident, or another one reported  to Plymouth Police on Tuesday in the area of Central Middle School.

In that incident, a driver in a four-door silver vehicle followed and pulled in front of a student, according to the news release. The vehicle's windows were down and the driver then exposed himself to the student, the news release said. According to the news release, the student pulled out a cell phone and the driver, described as a man in his 40s or 50s, immediately left the scene.

According to the news release, the driver did not say anything to the student.

On Wednesday, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools notified parents of the incidents through its emergency phone contact system.

On Sept. 11 at about 3:30 p.m., Canton Police took a report of a white man in his 50s exposing himself while crossing the street in front of a school bus in the area of Seabrook and Kensington, the news release said. 

The man was described as being in his 50s.

“We are unsure which, if any, of the three incidents are related but regardless, we are asking the community to be on alert, and report any suspicious activity they may observe to the police department,” Special Service Sgt. Patrick Sullivan said in the news release.  “This could also be a good time for parents to remind their children about stranger danger, walking in groups, and how to react if they are approached by a stranger.” 

To report suspicious activity, contact the Canton Police Department at (734) 394-5400. 

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