Capilano-area students have been cautioned to walk with a buddy to and from school, after school officials say a young girl became the target of an abduction attempt yesterday.

Officials said an elementary-aged student was walking back to Fulton Place Elementary School (10310 — 56 St.) during the lunch hour, when she was approached by a man in a red Jeep.

“He had asked her if she wanted to see his dog,” said Edmonton public schools spokeswoman Jane Sterling. “She didn’t engage in a conversation with him.”

The girl ran to an older student walking ahead, who found an adult and reported the incident to the school’s principal, who called police.

No similar incidents have been reported in the area so far this school year, though comparable reports have surfaced from other city schools, Sterling said.

Parents from four area schools — Gold Bar Elementary, Hardisty Elementary/Junior High and Capilano Elementary were sent letters home yesterday about the incident.

“This is about safety. If children can walk to and from school with a buddy, that’s best,” Sterling said. “They need to report these things to adults if they’re approached by a stranger and this is a chance for us to reinforce that message.”

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