Fulton Schools Sends Letter to Parents About Stranger Threat

8 years 9 months 2 days ago Tuesday, October 19 2010 Oct 19, 2010 Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:07:03 AM CDT October 19, 2010 in News

FULTON - Fulton School District sent a letter home with their students Thursday warning parents about suspicious behavior by an adult in the area. The man asked two female middle school students who were walking home if they wanted a ride. The girls said "no," remembered his license plate number, and told their parents, who called police.

"Whoever the children were, were savvy and had a bit of, I would call it gumption and knew what to do, and not only took the knowledge of what  to do, but actually did it," said Jacque Cowherd, Superintendent of Fulton Public Schools.

Police consider the incident an isolated one and have talked to the man in question.  Police say the investigation should be completed next week. School Resource Officer Major Roger Rice said the letter was sent home to remind parents to educate their kids about stranger danger. 

The schools educate kids about how to react to a situation that causes concern or makes them feel uncomfortable.  He said there is more to safety, "just being aware of their surroundings and teaching them to report.  That's the biggest thing, that when they get home they need to report it to somebody."

At the beginning of the school year, students are taught about stranger danger.  In response to what happened last week, the middle school had an assembly addressing the issue. The high school and elementary schools talked about it in their classes, with age-appropriate activities.

"We did what we needed to do to keep parents in the loop or try to keep them in the loop and not be totally alarming," said Cowherd.

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