Raytown School District issues stranger-danger alert - KCTV5

Raytown School District issues stranger-danger alert

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RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -

The Raytown School District has warned parents about a stranger-danger incident involving a middle school student.

The child was walking to school on Tuesday when a man approached him. The student said the man offered him a ride and followed him on foot when he declined the offer.

The man was in a dark-colored pickup with tinted windows. This occurred on Hawthorne Street.

The student immediately alerted school officials when he got to school. Police were alerted along with nearby elementary schools.

District officials say they get stranger danger reports four to five time a year, but that hardly makes the latest report feel typical to parents.

"I know there's been a lot going on lately, just watching the news, but to be close to home, it is really scary," Shameal Trice said.

Price discussed it with her eighth grader on the way home from school the day it happened.  Her daughter had a note from the principal, but Price got word earlier from a phone chain alert.

"I was scared to like walk home, because I didn't know if it was going to happen to me or if he was on my block," Trice's daughter, Tajarae Jones, said.

Parents are asked to remind their children about stranger-danger including not talking to strangers, don't approach a vehicle if you don't know the driver or passenger and adults shouldn't ask youngsters for help in finding a lost pet or directions. If approached, a child should yell, "I don't you know. Help! I need an adult."

Children should do like the boy did on Tuesday and immediately alert incidents to an adult at a home or their school.

"We just need to be aware of our surroundings and be watchful, very watchful, because it can happen in the blink of an eye. They snatch your kids up," Trice said.

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