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Luring Incidents Prompt CVSD To Send Letter To Parents

SPOKANE, Wash. - In light of recent child luring incidents in Spokane Valley, the Central Valley School District has asked its schools to send home/email a letter to parents this week.

This is in addition to the six schools that had already sent a letter home this week – Greenacres Middle School, Greenacres Elementary, Liberty Lake Elementary, Adams Elementary, Progress Elementary and Central Valley Kindergarten Center. In all there are 22 schools in the Central Valley School District.

Below is a copy of the letter send home with students, obtained by KHQ:

 

Dear <School Name> Families,

I would like to make you aware of an incident that occurred on Monday afternoon. A Greenacres Middle School seventh grade student was walking home from school when a man in a car stopped and asked her if she wanted a ride home. She said no. He asked her a second time and again she said no. He then drove off.

The incident happened near the area of Sprague and Conklin Road. The man was driving an older, light-blue, four door car described as a "beater". It had a black streak on the front bottom. The license plate began with "VE." It had a grey cloth interior and sat low to the ground. The man was in his mid-20s, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and blemishes on his face.

The police were immediately notified along with our district School Resource Officers who are also working on the case. If you or your children have information that could help in the investigation, please call Crime Check at 456-2233.

A similar incident occurred earlier this month at the corner of Pierce and Valleyway involving an older dark-red sedan with faded paint. We don't want to cause unnecessary alarm, but feel it is important for parents to be aware of this week's incident. We take this issue very seriously and our School Resource Officers are patrolling the area when our students are going to and from school. The safety and security of our children is our paramount duty.

Our school staff regularly discusses "Stranger Danger" with our students. As parents, you are encouraged to take this opportunity to also have this conversation with your children and reinforce important safety tips (please see the back of this letter) now and on an ongoing basis. The student in this case acted wisely and appropriately by not accepting a ride from the stranger, walking away and then immediately reporting the incident to an adult.    

Thank you for reinforcing these important safety messages with your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Again, your child's safety is our top priority.

Sincerely,

<Your Name>

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Stranger Danger - Tips for Protecting Your Child

 

  • Talk with your child about stranger awareness. Ask your child to tell you what a "stranger" is. A stranger is someone they don't know, not someone who looks strange.

 

  • Review scenarios that strangers (predators) may use, including:
  • Offering candy or toys to get in the car
  • Asking for help looking for a lost pet
  • Being told they are picking your child up because you are sick.

 

  • Talk about what to do if your child is approached by a stranger. Tell your child to:

o       Avoid talking to the stranger or answering their questions

o       Walk away from the stranger no matter what the stranger says to you

o       Create a Code Word to use with your parents, so you will know when a message is from them.

o       No matter what the stranger says to you, WALK AWAY

o       If they keep following you, SCREAM LOUDLY and RUN AWAY

 

  • Practice role playing ways your child might respond to someone approaching them, such as a car following too closely or a person approaching them.

 

  • Review safety tips often. Encourage your child to:

o       Walk with a friend and if possible, in pairs

o       Be aware of safe places on their route to and from school. Walk the route with your child and point out homes, neighbors and public places the child can trust in the event of an emergency

o       Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, woods or alleys

o       Never hitchhike

o       Go to a safe place if they see a bad situation taking place, not get closer to see what is happening

 

  • Report any encounters with strangers to an adult right away

 

 

 

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