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Harold Peterson Middle School in Oromocto (CBC)

RCMP in New Brunswick say they will be getting in touch with school board officials after a girl was approached by a stranger in Oromocto, N.B.

The incident took place Friday afternoon at Harold Peterson Middle School.

RCMP say an 11-year-old girl was walking in an area behind the school when a man standing by a van called out to her.

"He motioned for the young girl to come over to him," said Cpl. Jean-Marc Paré. "At that time the van was running, the lights were on."

Paré says the girl did not go to the man. Instead she went to the library and reported what had happened. Police patrolled the area but did not find the man or his van.

RCMP say they will be in contact with Fredericton police, who have been receiving similar reports recently, although in the other cases the van was described as silver. The van in the Oromocto incident was black.

"All parents should discuss safety matters with their kids," said Paré. "Make sure they don't walk home alone and those kind of things. By all means everyone has to take security matters into their own hands and make sure their kids are informed of the dangers that are out there."

Police say the man driving the van is about five feet, eight inches tall with a slim build and was wearing a black hoodie.