Parents receive text alert after Irish boy 'threatened on way home from school'

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Gardai say they are investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old boy claims he was threatened by a man as he walked home from school.

It's thought that a weapon may have been produced by the man during the incident in Dungloe, Co Donegal, yesterday afternoon.

The boy was not physically injured during the incident but was left shaken by it.

Schools in the town last night issued text message alerts to parents warning them not to allow pupils to walk alone to or from school.

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai are investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old boy alleges he was approached by a man in a suspicious manner on Quay Road, Dungloe, at approximately 3pm on November 10.

"Gardai are appealing for information. The boy was not injured in the incident."

Parents in the area have expressed their fears after the confrontation.

Detectives will speak to the boy again today about his ordeal.

The school alert text read: "Due to an incident which occurred after school today, for safety reasons we ask parents to drop and collect children from school. Children should not walk home alone."