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Groper assaulting students before classes in Mount Vernon

New security measures are now underway at Mount Vernon High, where a man is groping students as they walk to school alone. (Photo: KOMO News)

MOUNT VERNON, Wa. - New security measures are now underway at Mount Vernon High, where a man is groping students as they walk to school alone.

So far there have been two incidents reported in the past two weeks. Each victim was at the northeast edge of campus when a man followed them onto school grounds and grabbed the girls inappropriately.

“My daughter is a freshman so it's her first year in high school and it's kinda scary," said Dana Carsten, who was on campus Thursday night watching her daughter compete in a soccer match.

The attacks have come in the mornings before the start of classes. School officials are asking students to team up and walk together.

“I just worry as we get later into the fall and it's darker when kids come to school,” said Rod Merrell, the school principal who notified parents with letters and robocalls to their homes. “I just think it's safer if people are walking together.”

Merrell also said, “We've seen more kids getting dropped off at school today. I think parents are just watching out for their kids as well."

Mount Vernon police are also increasing patrols around the athletic fields and surrounding neighborhoods.

In addition, they’ve released a suspect description. He’s white, in his late teens to early 20's, has a skinny build and stands 5’10 or 6 foot. Victims said he has dark brown or black hair and wears an adjustable baseball cap backwards.

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