Attempted Abduction

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

Another local elementary school falls victim to predators.

Police patrols are heightened in Belpre in response to an attempted abduction. The scare has not only police, but also teachers and parents thinking twice about child safety.

Belpre resident Amy Young says, "I live right here close to the school. You know I tell my children if they decide to walk, don't leave unless they have all of them together."

All seven of them, that is. Young stays busy raising a handful of kids. Like any mom, stranger safety is at the top of her lesson list.

"It's hard, but I just try and tell them don't go around strangers. Even though they may tell them what their name is, that still doesn't mean they know them, they're still a stranger. If anyone approaches them, run and yell for help."

Words any child can stand to hear, especially after an attempted abduction in Belpre.

Wednesday, two middle school girls were approached on the Stone Elementary School's playground. It's an incident that has police on high alert.

Sgt. Tom Davis says, "Maybe not at the same school, but they usually do go to another school or back to the same school. It may not be the next day, it could be the next week, but it's just something you never know."

School officials say the girls did the right thing by running into the school for safety. However, as in every scary situation, there is a lesson still to be learned.

Middle School Principal Kathy Garrison says, "It's really important for parents, as well as all of us to continue to remind them to make sure they're aware. How wonderful was it that they were aware, that they weren't enticed to go find out if they knew them, and that they were wise enough to do what they learned and to go seek help."

That's the lesson for parents, and one Amy Young knows all about.

"How much safety can we really have, we just have to be aware."

Police say they're will be extra patrols around all the schools in the next several days.

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