West Haven school district keeps children safe as police continue to search for suspects

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police continue to search for two men who were last seen in a gray pickup truck on South Street approaching children.

“We are going to do whatever it takes to keep their children safe to school, while in school and on the way home from school,” West Haven Superintendent of Schools Neil Cavallaro said.

Cavallaro told News 8 they are on high alert.

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“We immediately sent out a phone blast to our families to let them know that this was happening and encourage them to talk to children,” he said.

“They are doing this in the daylight. School gets out at 3:30 and they said they’ve seen them when school is getting out. How are we not seeing them,” Shannon Flynn said.

There are several schools and bus stops in the area.

“It’s also up south street where the incident occurred a lot of families still walk their children to school or allow their children to walk to school,” Cavallaro said.

That’s worrisome to parents.

“I think parents have to be really proactive. Be at the bus stop with you kids. If there is an adult you can set up some sort of team maybe one mom goes on a Monday and you go on a Tuesday so they’re not by themselves,” said Flynn.

According to the state Sex Offender Registry website, there are 68 sex offenders living in West Haven. Cavallaro says it is concerning but is reassuring families they’re keeping the children safe.

“Anytime a sex offender moves into an area the superintendent of schools is notified. When we get those notifications we sent those right out to the schools,” he said.

“Sex offenders don’t just target kids. Men, women everybody. Don’t make it a website, print it, tell us about it because I don’t want my kid knocking on a sex offenders door,” Flynn added.

Neighbors tell News 8 they are watching out for each other.

“I always keep an eye out just for myself and the kids in the neighborhood about anything suspicious,” said James Wilson.

“If you see it report it. Say something. Don’t let that slide,” Flynn said.

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