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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Two students who attend Chouteau Elementary School said they were approached by two strangers while walking to school Thursday morning.
An alert was sent out to North Kansas City Schools' parents explaining the incident.
It said the siblings, ages 8 and 10, were approached at the intersection of Northeast Parvin Road and North Jackson Avenue by a man and a woman in a light-colored four-door sedan or SUV. The location is about a block away from their school.
Authorities said the kids claimed the man got out of the car and grabbed one of the students by the wrist, but the child was able to break away.
The kids described the man as Hispanic with a medium build, black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a green button-down shirt with white stripes.
The students then ran to safety and reported the incident about 8:45 a.m. while the vehicle drove off.
Police are now trying to determine if this was a case of a good Samaritan trying to help out or a real threat to the students.
After speaking further with the kids, Capt. Tye Grant with the Kansas City Police Department said they told officers that they were at the intersection when the car stopped and the man got out. He allegedly asked if he could help them cross the street and reached for one of the children.
Either way, Grant praises the children for how they responded.
"The kids did the right thing," he said. "You never know except with hindsight what someone's true intentions are."
Police said the intersection in question is very busy and they are looking for more witnesses. If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Parents are on edge and fear the man had sinister motivations.
"It just seems kind of weird," said Jonathan Gehrt, whose son is in kindergarten at Chouteau. "I mean, why would you want to stop and get out of your car in the middle of an intersection and help a kid across the street?"
Melody Alt lives nearby. She said she is watchful and protective of her 5-year-old and 7-year-old children.
"It's just a scary situation," she said. "It makes me sad that I have to be so protective. I grew up when you played outside until the street lights came on and now children are not allowed to play outside by themselves."
Parents say they were alerted via phone calls and text messages.
To ensure that all our children understand how to protect themselves from encounters, the school district is asking that parents take a moment to talk to their children about these important safety measures.
Never walk alone.
Don't talk to strangers.
Stay away from strange vehicles.
Run if you sense danger. Yell for help.
Tell an adult or someone you trust if you are approached.
Call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Tell the police as many details as possible.
Notify your school.
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