Millard Issues Stranger Danger Alert

The Millard School District is flying a Stranger Danger warning flag in the wake of two middle school students reporting that they were approached by people driving minivans.

Here is the announcement that was sent out to parents:

Stranger Danger Alert

Dear Millard Families,

Yesterday two Millard students were approached by strangers while walking home from school. We want to make everyone in our community aware of these incidents and encourage you to talk with your family about stranger danger.

The first student was approached by a woman in a red minivan in the Beadle Middle School neighborhood. The second student was approached by a man and a woman in a gold minivan in the Kiewit Middle School neighborhood. We are happy to report both students did the right thing, getting away from the vehicles and immediately telling their families. Both situations have been reported to police.

This is a good reminder of how important it is to discuss stranger danger, especially just before the weekend when children might be playing outside. Here are a few safety tips that can start the conversation in your home:

  • Children should walk with a buddy. Parents can also ask older students to accompany kids on a walk.
  • Tell children to always refuse to go anywhere with people they don’t know.
  • Tell children that they are not expected to help adults with directions or lost puppies. If a car stops and the driver attempts to ask for help, children should run away.
  • In potentially dangerous situations, children should make lots of noise to alert neighbors, run to a safe place or find an adult they can trust.

Thank you for your help in making sure our children understand the importance of this information. Children need to hear these tips often from adults they trust. If you have any questions about this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call. Working together, we will keep our community safe.

Omaha Police say they were patrolling as usual on Friday. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said that extra sheriff’s cruisers would be in the Beadle Middle School area Friday to keep an eye out on kids as they head home.

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