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Parents in Ohio say a drone is trying to lure kids into the woods

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AKRON, Ohio -

An Ohio school district recently experienced something that's worth sharing with everyone: They say someone was operating a drone over an elementary school and was trying to lure kids into the woods. They were using a drone equipped with a loudspeaker to do it.

Windemere Principal Megan Lee-Wilfong sent a letter to families in the district Monday saying a neighbor had reported a drone with "voice technology" talking to children who were playing on the school grounds over the weekend, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

“If you are allowing your child to come to school to play in the evenings or on the weekends, please make sure that he/she is accompanied by an adult. I know that children playing at school would seem safe, but without adequate adult supervision, anything can happen,” the letter said.

The family who reported the incident told the Akron newspaper that the drone had been showing up more and more often and that the drone says "hey" in a computerized voice. When someone replies, the drone tells that person to follow it.

A school spokesman said that the drone had not been spotted during school hours and no one with the school has seen the drone.

Akron police say they haven't received any complaints about a drone acting suspicious or talking to children and noted that is not illegal to fly a drone.

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