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Discussions About Stranger Danger

The student remained safe and authorities were notified.

Procedures in place at the school worked as intended and the incident serves as a reminder to all parents.

"We take these sort of situations very seriously...validity or not," Principal Bill Kelly said. "It's hard to measure those things sometimes but if nothing else it gives us a chance to have those important conversations."

And they're never too young to have that conversation.

These kindergarten students are making a big step academically...and developmentally.

Going to school is a monumental step.

And some of those steps may include walking to and from school.

"You have to be aware of everything around you because if you're not something could happen and so i am just really careful with everyone," Eighth Grader Donnie Schmidt said.

The kids themselves help keep the school safe.

The role of safety patrol has changed...it's more than just helping kids safely cross the street.

They use walkie talkies are always in contact with a nearby staff member.

They've been well schooled in stranger danger.

"Do not normally make eye contact, you keep walking and if they keep trying to pursue you you run and you try to get an adult's attention and you stay in groups and you make as much noise as possible and you try to get the teacher's attention," Eighth Grader Tess Blankman said.

"It's our job to keep kids safe and we have to make sure that we're watching all of the kids and making sure they're safe and in line," Eighth Grader Olivia Zeman said.

"To be careful and watch out because anything can happen at any day and any time," Schmidt said.

Fortunately, nothing came of the incident the other day...but it serves as a reminder that even at this age, kids know the importance of walking to and from school with others.

It's also a good idea for parents to check with their children's school about McGruff houses in the area.

That's a safe place children can go to on their way to and from school should they feel in danger.


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