Report: Man Tries To Lure Prairie View Elementary Students - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Report: Man Tries To Lure Prairie View Elementary Students

KHQ.COM - Prairie View Elementary administrators are warning parents about a man driving around in a white truck trying to lure children. The following is a letter from the principal:

Prairie View Families,

In keeping our Prairie View community up to date, I wanted to fill families in on any updates to the safety communication that was sent out last week. In total we have received four reports of a suspicious white truck approaching students as they walk to or from bus stops. The students have reported that an older white truck with a male in his 30's has asked students for a ride, or at the minimum slowed his driving as they are walking. To date, there have been no arrests of this gentleman. 

We have continued to work with our school resource officer, both the Spokane County Sherriff's department and the City of Spokane Police Department. We have also enlisted the help of the county S.C.O.P.E. program (Sherriff Community Oriented Policing Effort). 

In addition to our work with law enforcement, all of our bus drivers and our transportation department have been notified of this situation. Our drivers have been instructed to call 911 in the event they have seen any suspicious vehicles or people matching the description.  Through the help of local law enforcement and everyone's extra vigilance I feel we are in a position to keep all of our students safe. 

I would again encourage families of the importance of having students always walk to and from school or bus stops with a friend or fellow student, especially as the days grow shorter and darker this fall. 

It is also important for parents to discuss what to do if their students encounter a stranger who approaches them. Students should never take rides from strangers, should walk away, and if they feel extremely unsafe should go to a friendly house to ask for assistance. 

As said before, in the event that anyone in the community believes they have seen this vehicle they should immediately call 911. After talking with the police, please call the school to keep us updated. We appreciate your help as we all work together to keep our students safe.

Eric Hoglund

Prairie View Elementary

Principal

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