The incident also prompted school officials to send a message to families. NMS Principal Thomas R. Einhorn sent a message to all middle school families, and Interim Superintendent John Reed then forwarded that message along to the entire district.
Einhorn's email, which was sent with the subject of "Safety Concern," follows:
Dear Newtown Middle School Families,
The safety of our students is of great importance to us. In collaboration with the Newtown Police Department, we want to share with you information about an incident that was reported this afternoon. A middle school student was approached on their way home from the school by a lone white male approximately 25 years old driving a dark colored 4 door sedan. This occurred near Main Street and Glover Ave. The student was asked if they wanted a ride home and that it would be safe to do so. The student ran from the vehicle to their home, where they called their parent, who in turn called the school, who in turn called the police.
The police are continuing their investigation and taking steps to help insure student safety, including patrols of the area. We commend the student for their quick thinking in keeping themselves safe. We would also like for you to remind your children about keeping themselves safe. You can tell your children to use the "Three Rs," Run, Remember and Report, if approached by a stranger. Run away from the scene, Remember as much as you can about the person or vehicle and Report the incident to an adult or police immediately.
If parents or guardians receive reports such as this from their child, please contact the police immediately. Additionally, anyone with information is asked to contact the Newtown Police Department [203-270-4255].
Thomas R. Einhorn