Framingham on edge as police search for suspect
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- Parents in Framingham are on edge because the suspect in a violent sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl has yet to be apprehended.
“It’s really making me worried because you never know what’s going to happen to any other kids, so when you hear something like that it really concerns you a lot,” said Julio Sevedo, a parent.
On Wednesday, police launched a massive search in a Framingham neighborhood for the suspect. According to police, the victim had just gotten off the school bus and was walking home when a young man approached her with a knife, forced her into the woods and attacked her.
The girl managed to get home and told her mother who called 911.
“We’ve arranged for counseling for any students who would like to leave class and come up to the guidance office and receive some personal counseling on dealing with this,” said Superintendent James Lynch, South Middlesex Vocational Technical School District.
The superintendent says assemblies were held at the victim's school to remind students about safety.
“Try and walking in teams of three or two or four, stay with their classmates, with their friends from their neighborhood as long as they can…Let [your parents] know where you are,” said Superintendent Lynch.
The school also sent out reverse 911 alerts to parents about the incident and how the school is responding.
“It’s very scary as a mom. I just notice a big difference in the school picking my son up that security’s a lot tighter today -- which makes me feel better,” said Kim Lembo, a parent.
The superintendent said he has also contacted officials in the Framingham Public Schools system urging them to be on alert as well.