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How Safe Are Our Schools


When you drop your child off at school, you assume they'll be safe until they come home. But a daring student abduction Monday has many parents worried about school security.

After starting to strip the ten year old, police say the abductor got cold feet and let Ryan go.
Investigators say the suspect is likely from out of town, since he drove his victim down two dead end streets.

The school district is just beginning to review its building security.

Hamden Elementary is now under lockdown until further notice after Ryan Wilbur’s short, but scary abduction.

Chuck Boyer, Vinton County Sheriff comments, “They do this after an incident like this hits.”

Deputy Chief Boyer says they still don’t know why the usually locked side door the abductor used to get in the school was open.

A big concern in this case, Ryan told investigators his abductor had a rifle or shotgun in the back of his car.

Vinton County School Superintendent, John Simmons, says Hamden’s parents were sent a note explaining the situation. Simmons said the district is reviewing security. Wilbur’s parents say that's a little too late.

Roger Wilbur, the victim’s father, “They need better security. That door should not have been open. Ryan may need counseling, he's afraid to go back to school now.

The chief deputy says he has no suspects and no leads. He is in contact with neighboring counties and in fact, Athens County is showing special interest regarding the ski masked abductor.

The sheriff does provide Vinton schools with resource officers but one deputy has to cover four elementary schools and he was not at Hamden on Monday.


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