COURTENAY, B.C- Students at Lake Trail Middle School are being told to travel in groups after a man exposed himself on school grounds on Monday.

According to a statement sent out by the school to parents, a small group of students witnessed a man exposing himself while walking behind the school grounds around lunchtime.

The man was between 25 to 35 years of age with short brown hair.

“The incident was immediately reported to the RCMP and they are investigating”, read the statement.

“Please make sure to be vigilant, travel in groups, and report any related suspicious behaviour to the police directly, as they are involved.  Please do not hesitate to contact our school if you have any further questions. Any further information that we can share with you about the situation we will under the guidance and direction of the RCMP.”

Mary Lee, the spokesperson for the school district, confirmed the contents of the message and that police were involved.

She also indicated that the incident was not linked to an earlier one, where a man had followed students in a Jeep Patriot after they saw him masturbating in the car.

A request for comment has been sent to the Comox Valley RCMP.