Two attempted abductions near Northeast High School, located at 415 Van Brunt Blvd., was enough to cause concern. The school's principal said the neighborhood, not just the school, has to keep an eye out for the children.
The incidents didn't happen on school grounds, but about a half of a mile from Northeast High School. Principal Doug Bolden said that was too close.
"We are in the process of making everyone aware of these safety concerns," he said.
Last Thursday he said a Northeast student was walking home when three men grabbed her and tried to get her in a gray and white van. As they were loading her in, a witness saw what was going on and the men dropped her on the ground. School officials said she went to the hospital for her injuries.
"Thank God she fought them off. She is safe now with her parents," Bolden said.
The following Monday, another student was walking home when two men tried to accost her.
"Every time we've had an incident, there seems to be a white or grayish van involved which led us to believe it's the same people," Bonden said.
Students were told to walk in groups and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.
"Be smart, have a swivel head, try to walk in two and three's if you can," Bolden said.
Letters went home to parents asking them to be vigilant in their neighborhoods about watching out for student walkers, students like Glenda Dominguez who walks six blocks to her home.
"This is my neighborhood. Knowing someone is coming around trying to abduct girls. That could be me or my sister," Dominguez said.
Parents were notified by phone as well.
One mother said students walk far because they can't ride the bus.
"See if they can have more security. More cameras. We are not 100 percent sure they are going to be safe," Enereyda Jaimez said.
After the phone tree delivered the message about the incidents to parents, the principal said a mother informed him of a third incident that happened weeks ago, but in that case the girl said she was being followed by someone in a red truck.
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