Students on alert after girls groped on way to Orange County schools

Orange County deputies, Orlando police investigate incidents

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Parents and students are on alert after two girls reported that a man touched them inappropriately during separate encounters in Orange County.

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said a man touched a student as she was on her way to Blankner School Monday. Investigators said the incident happened around 9:18 a.m. Wednesday in the 2500 block of South Mills Avenue.

The Sheriff's Office said the girl told investigators she was walking to school on the south side of Michigan Street when she was approached by a man on a dark-colored BMX-style bike.

She said the suspect touched her inappropriately, according to a statement from the OCSO.

"It's really scary," said Gina Ayers, who is a parent. "We're worried about it with kids, yeah."

Detectives will release a sketch of the suspect once it is completed.

Meanwhile, Orlando police said around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday a Boone High School student told officers a man inappropriately touched her as she was walking to school. The incident happened on the 2600 block of Ferncreek Avenue, a few blocks from the other incident.

Officials with Orange County Public Schools sent alerts to parents.

The school reminded parents to have conversations with their kids about stranger danger.

"Parents, please take this time to talk with your student about stranger danger. Remind them to always be aware of their surroundings and encourage your student to walk in pairs or in groups," said Dr. Junella Kreil, Blankner School principal.

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