UPDATE: Driver allegedly tries to get kids into car
The Fairfield Community School District officials are encouraging parents to review “stranger danger” with their children after a man tried to convince students from Washington Elementary School to get into his car Tuesday.
According to an e-mail sent to parents at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, an incident occurred Tuesday after school.
According to the e-mail, “a man tried to encourage three elementary students into his vehicle as the students were walking to their babysitter. The students did not get in the vehicle and a relative of one of the students was able to follow the vehicle and inform the police.”
School officials said any similar incidents should be reported to school authorities and law enforcement officials immediately.
School officials will be emphasizing proper safeguards in classes and in announcements, but they also are encouraging parents to talk to their children about the safeguards.
According to the e-mail, those safeguards should include:
• Never talk to strangers.
• Do not accept rides or get in a car with a stranger.
• Run immediately away from danger and tell a parent or an adult, such as a police officer or a teacher.
UPDATE: According to Capt. Tony Hammes of the Fairfield Police Department, the male subject driving the vehicle has been spoken with. The incident was referred to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office. Hammes said he did not know of any charges.
For this article, see the Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.