A HEADTEACHER has warned people to be vigilant after a group of students saw a man with a knife as they walked home from school in Dewsbury.
Jim Taylor sent a letter to parents at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy following the incident last Wednesday afternoon.
The three girls were walking along Staincliffe Hall Road, near to Dewsbury Moor Crematorium, at around 3.45pm when they said a car stopped at the side of the road next to them. The students said they saw a man get out of the car with a knife, so they ran to safety in a nearby shop.
Mr Taylor's letter read: "This incident does highlight the need for all of our students who walk home to stay together wherever possible and on the main roads.
"They should never speak to strangers or to anyone in a parked car, or go near a car that pulls over.
"Thankfully incidents like this are extremely rare but we felt that this information needed to be shared.
"Please would you repeat this message to your son/daughter so that we can all do our best to ensure their safety. We will also reinforce these messages in school."
He added: "I am really proud of the way that the students concerned conducted themselves in a difficult situation.
"The students informed adults at home and in school as soon as they could. They knew how to keep themselves safe and acted accordingly."
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "Police were contacted at about 3.48pm on Wednesday by a resident reporting that three schoolchildren had witnessed a man holding a knife on Staincliffe Hall Road, Dewsbury.
"The male got into a car with other persons and drove off, before then driving back past the three females, heading towards Heckmondwike.
"The girls then went into a shop to speak with an adult about what they had seen."
Enquiries remain ongoing and anyone who may have seen anything is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing crime reference number 13190132850.