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More abduction attempts close to home

Posted by Texas Education on September 2, 2008

Two more attempted child abductions reported in the Montgomery County area.

Authorities are investigating two separate reports of attempted abduction of a student in the Montgomery County area.

The first incident happened on Thursday about 5 p.m. in the Oak Meadows subdivision in Willis, said Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials. The parents of a 7-year-old boy reported that two people in a faded red 1990s Toyota 4-Runner approached the boy as he exited the school bus in the 3700 block of Hickory Lane, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.

The boy said the man and woman got out of the vehicle and asked him his name and if he wanted to get in the vehicle with them. The boy’s mother was watching from a distance and when she realized something was not right, she ran to her son, yelling for him, officials said.

The man and women got back into their vehicle and fled, officials said.

The other incident happened on Friday about 3:45 p.m. in the Walden subdivision, near Lake Conroe. A 13-year-old girl reported that she was followed by three men in a work van as she rode her bike.

The van was later located and the men inside were interviewed and photographed before being released. They received numerous citations for vehicle violations. The vehicle was a 1996 white Dodge van with ladders on the top.

Investigators do not believe the two incidents are related.

renee.lee@chron.com

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Safety alert: Stranger approaches child in Woodland Hills

Posted by Texas Education on September 2, 2008

Just received this from a friend, take note:

A female middle-schooler who was approached by a stranger in a car the week before school started did the right thing by immediately reporting the incident to her parents and ultimately to the Houston Police Department.

Humble Independent School District spokeswoman Jamie Mount confirmed that Woodland Hills Elementary School principal Pat Buttermore informed parents of the incident during the first week regular classes were back in session.

“A female middle school student that while walking home on Thursday, August 21, in the neighborhood, a white male who was bald with a hairline around the ears, about 40-50 years old, who was wearing glasses and driving a green SUV, asked her two times if she wanted a ride,” Buttermore told parents in a letter dated Aug. 27. “When she said ‘No,’ he drove away and then circled around and returned. When he saw that she took out her cell phone, he drove off.”

District and school officials urge parents to review stranger-danger rules with school-age children.

“These type of incidents emphasize the importance of teaching children to be aware of potential dangers,” Mount said. “We want students to know what to do if a stranger approaches them.”

Avoiding stranger-danger

Woodland Hills Elementary School principal Pat Buttermore urges children and parents to take the following precautions:

Walk to and from school in groups.

Never talk to strangers or accept rides from them.

Don’t panic. If you are afraid or have a problem, call a parent or a trusted adult.

Arrange for immediate access to neighbors and other trusted adults who could answer questions or be contacted in an emergency.

Tour the neighborhood with your child to identify safe and dangerous circumstances and places.

Never tell people at the door or phone callers that you are home alone. Say your parents are busy and offer to take a message.

Keep your house key hidden. Don’t give it to anyone and don’t keep it in a visible place that would tell people you are going home to an empty house.

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