Parents of children at Caprock Elementary in Fort Worth have been warned about a possible attempted abduction.
A letter was sent home to parents on Wednesday stating that a child was approached by a stranger on Tuesday while walking home from school at Hollow Valley Drive and Timberland Boulevard.
The man slowed down and told the child that his mom was sick and that he should get in the car with him. The child ran from the car and the car did not follow him, the letter stated. The child told his mother.
The alleged abductor was described as a white male in his 20s and he was driving a black or blue four-door truck.
The police have been notified and the Keller Independent School District will have extra security as students travel to and from school.
The letter below is what Caprock Elementary School parents received:
Dear Caprock Elementary School Parents and Guardians,
In an effort to keep you informed about safety issues in our community, we want to make you aware of a recent incident near Caprock Elementary.
On Tuesday, May 13, a parent reported that her child, a student at Caprock Elementary, was approached by a stranger while walking home from school at Hollow Valley and Timberland Blvd. The man slowed down and told the child that his mom was sick and that he should get in the car with him. The child ran from the car and the car did not follow him.
The alleged abductor was described as a white male in his twenties and he was driving a black or blue four-door car. The police have been notified and Keller ISD will have the "Safe Corridor" in place to provide an additional measure of protection and safety for students as they travel to and from school.
As with any time we receive a report like this, we encourage you to remind your student about safety. Here are some useful safety tips for you to discuss with your child:
- Never talk to a stranger. If a stranger tries to talk to you, run away. If the stranger follows you, continue running and yell, "Stranger! Danger!" Tell a trusted grown-up immediately.
- Walk to and from school in groups.
- Never accept a ride without first getting permission from your parents.
- Never take shortcuts. Always stick to the route you have agreed on with your parents, and stay on main roads.
- Leave home with change or a calling card for phone calls. It is free to call 911 from a pay phone.
- Never let people know if you are going home alone. If you wear a house key, keep it under your clothing.
- Have your parent help you make a list of safe places you can go for help along walking routes.
- Never leave school with anyone without checking with school officials.
* Some of these tips were taken from the Run*Yell*Tell, Ltd. anti-victimization program founded by Diana Jones, a national leader for child safety issues.
At Caprock Elementary School, student safety is our top priority. If you have questions regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call me at 817-744-3050 or visit our office.