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Concerned man asks for help after watching a stranger ask a young schoolboy a string of questions

A concerned commuter has asked for help on social media after witnessing a strange man probe a primary school-aged boy on where he lives and goes to school.

The man used Reddit to explain the situation, which took place on Thursday morning on a Melbourne tram, and ask if there was anything he could do to ensure the child’s safety.

He said the stranger, thought to be in his early 30s, sat down next to the boy and began asking a lot of ‘suspicious’ questions.

A concerned commuter has asked for help on social media after witnessing a strange man probe a primary school-aged boy on where he lives and goes to school (stock image)

‘I recognise that no crime was committed,’ he wrote.

‘But on my tram this morning a man (30-ish?) sat down next to a primary-school aged kid and asked a lot of suspicious questions.’

He said the questions included: ‘What school do you go to? What days do you have PE? Where do you live? Do you always catch a tram to school? And, do you have swimming lessons?’

But the nature of the questions took a turn when the strange male tried to delver further in to specific details of the boy’s life, asking: ‘Where are your swimming lessons? Does your teacher go with you? Is your teacher there the whole time?’

'I recognise that no crime was committed,' he wrote on Reddit (pictured). 'But on my tram this morning a man (30-ish?) sat down next to a primary-school aged kid and asked a lot of suspicious questions.' He said the questions included, What school do you go to? What days do you have PE? Where do you live? Do you always catch a tram to school? And, do you have swimming lessons? But the nature of the questions took a turn when the strange male tried to delver further in to specific details of the boy's life, asking Where are your swimming lessons? Does your teacher go with you? Is your teacher there the whole time?

‘I recognise that no crime was committed,’ he wrote on Reddit (pictured). ‘But on my tram this morning a man (30-ish?) sat down next to a primary-school aged kid and asked a lot of suspicious questions.’ He said the questions included, What school do you go to? What days do you have PE? Where do you live? Do you always catch a tram to school? And, do you have swimming lessons? But the nature of the questions took a turn when the strange male tried to delver further in to specific details of the boy’s life, asking Where are your swimming lessons? Does your teacher go with you? Is your teacher there the whole time?

The Good Samaritan said he found the situation ‘alarming’, and noted the stranger touched the child by patting him on the back as he got up to exit the tram.

‘I took a quick photo of the guy because I thought it was kind of alarming,’ he wrote.

‘The kid got off at my stop and the man patted him on the back as he got up. 

‘After we were off the tram, I asked the kid whether he knew the man and he said no. 

‘I told the kid that it was kind of creepy for someone to be asking so many questions, and to be careful.

The Reddit user said he was ‘a bit weirded out’ by the situation, and asked Reddit users where he should report the incident.

Users agreed that the stranger had acted inappropriately, with many offering advice.

The Reddit user said he was 'a bit weirded out' by the situation, and asked Reddit users where he should report the incident. Users agreed that the stranger had acted inappropriately, with many offering advice. 'Definitely let the school know. I'm a former teacher and incidents like this always prompted chats with kids and families,' offered one commenter (pictured)

The Reddit user said he was ‘a bit weirded out’ by the situation, and asked Reddit users where he should report the incident. Users agreed that the stranger had acted inappropriately, with many offering advice. ‘Definitely let the school know. I’m a former teacher and incidents like this always prompted chats with kids and families,’ offered one commenter (pictured)

‘Definitely let the school know. I’m a former teacher and incidents like this always prompted chats with kids and families,’ offered one commenter. 

‘Notify the police and the school,’ advised another.

‘Thank you for not ignoring it.’

Others shared their shock.

‘Oh that is f***ing gross, good on you for stepping in,’ said one person.

‘At first I was thinking “oh relax, not everyone that talks to kids is a pedo”… Then the questions became more and more suss,’ shared another.

Others shared their shock (pictured). 'Oh that is f***ing gross, good on you for stepping in,' said one person. 'At first I was thinking "oh relax, not everyone that talks to kids is a pedo"... Then the questions became more and more suss,' shared another. 'At what time would you say you'd be most vulnerable to kidnapping? Hypothetically of course,' asked another, sarcastically

Others shared their shock (pictured). ‘Oh that is f***ing gross, good on you for stepping in,’ said one person. ‘At first I was thinking “oh relax, not everyone that talks to kids is a pedo”… Then the questions became more and more suss,’ shared another. ‘At what time would you say you’d be most vulnerable to kidnapping? Hypothetically of course,’ asked another, sarcastically

‘At what time would you say you’d be most vulnerable to kidnapping? Hypothetically of course,’ asked another, sarcastically.

Another user commented and said the questions were ‘particularly frightening as these indicate a desire for physical approach where the student is vulnerable. (The user) is absolutely right to notify police and school as soon as they did’.

The man later edited the post to confirm he had reported the incident to CrimeStoppers, and sent a copy of the report to the boy’s school.

The man later edited the post to confirm he had reported the incident to CrimeStoppers, and sent a copy of the report to the boy's school (stock image)

The man later edited the post to confirm he had reported the incident to CrimeStoppers, and sent a copy of the report to the boy’s school (stock image)

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