Police are warning parents after a young girl was approached by a stranger at a school in Grand Coulee, Sask., Monday night. 

The eight-year-old had been waiting for her parents outside the school after participating in an after-school exercise class. 

Police say the girl was approached by a man driving a pickup truck who walked up to her and told her her parents had asked him to give her a ride home. 

Parents have been sharing an email on Facebook they say was sent by the town administrator, warning of the incident. 

One mother's post said the girl ignored the man and banged on the school doors until someone came to let her in. 

Officers say they are investigating a similar incident in Rouleau, Sask., that happened on the evening of Oct. 23 to see if the same man is involved in both cases. 

Police describe the man's vehicle as a dark-coloured truck, with a broken driver's side window covered with a garbage bag. 

The man was described as tall, slim, about 30 years old, with short hair, wearing glasses and blue jeans. 

Police say the girl acted exactly the way she should have, and are asking parents to talk to their children about how to deal with strangers. 

RCMP safety tips for kids: 

  • Never accept a ride from a stranger
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger
  • Always tell a trusted adult if you have been approached by a stranger
  • Make sure your parents know where you are going and when you will be back
  • Report suspicious activities to police as soon as you can