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Suspicious vehicle approaches young student, says

Friday, January 17, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

Parkland Public School students returned home Friday with a note from Vice-Principal Elaine DeRosario warning of a suspicious car in the area earlier that morning.

 

According to the letter, a male driver in a red car stopped, rolled down the window and told one student to “come in”.

 

The student had been walking to school at the time.

 

The letter further states that police and other schools in the area have been contacted about the concern, and teachers have discussed with students about what to do should a stranger approach them.

 

DeRosario goes on to recommend that parents and guardians reinforce messages about not talking to strangers to their children.

 

The letter also states that police would be patrolling the area for any suspicious activity.

 

If parents or guardians should witness any suspicious vehicles in the area, DeRosario says the police have asked that they contact City Police with a description, including license plate number.

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Pakadeva 1/17/2014 6:18:29 PM Report

Here it goes again, a threat to the children of our city. I hope we are all diligent in reporting if we see or suspect something, better to be sure than sorry.
hockeypucker 1/17/2014 6:57:37 PM Report

Don't be such an idiot just teach your child what to do if a stranger approaches them!! There is a lot of sick people out ther!!
willoweep 1/17/2014 8:40:27 PM Report

Hockeypucker wow there was no need for calling anyone an idiot .We can Teach our kids all we want but a two hundred lb Man grabs them you best hope someone is around to call 911 .

Or if someone is seen lurking around a school; or playground or anywhere else for that matter I have done it ,and wont hesitate to do it again ,it's what responsible People do .
Handyman Hewson 1/18/2014 2:29:59 AM Report

beware of the tall dark stranger, he is danger, so don't let no stranger hang around....one of my favourite songs when I was a kid, and never trusted any stranger in the last 45 years...because my mom explained the song to me, beware
Pakadeva 1/18/2014 2:38:30 AM Report

Hmmmm, when we were kids & someone started name calling, we simply replied "don't call ME what YOUR Mother raised". Who knew we could use it as adults? hehe
Peter D. 1/18/2014 10:02:46 AM Report

I love this headline. Reminds me of "Beep" the talking car sponsored by BP in the 60's.
Tom_Bom 1/18/2014 11:42:03 AM Report

I think we can all listen to barney on this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O23UVhDc1vU
irishfey 1/18/2014 12:41:15 PM Report

Pakadeva.. good one , will have to remember that ,lol.... Children SHOULD be taught what to do in these cases and in this day and age they should always go out in groups, never alone, this would help to stop being bullied also. I taught my kids to fight, but only when necessary !!.... Teach, teach, teach!!!
soogirl91 1/20/2014 8:15:05 PM Report

As a child I was never taught to not talk to a stranger, I was always told not to GO anywhere with a stranger. Teaching your children to run away from people they don't know just because they spoke to them is a bit drastic, in my eyes. The child in this case did the right thing by walking away from this sicko and telling an adult, but if it is just someone saying 'hello' or making conversation, running away from them makes that person look like someone who is bad. It causes unneeded fear of anyone they don't know. Yes, people you don't know are strangers but not everyone is going to harm them. To me its silly, but then again that's just my opinion.
randompro 1/21/2014 10:09:43 AM Report

I think the reason we teach our kids to not even talk to strangers, specifically when they are alone, is that it is easy for people like that to manipulate children into giving them information that they shouldn't be sharing, without them realising what they are sharing. While kids do have good heads on their shoulders, it is just easier to keep them away from that kind of manipulation that could further put them in harms way
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