We had an almost abduction this week in our neighborhood. It was near our school bus stop just after the high school kids returned home. A man apparently tried to grab a girl and yelled “Boo!” while a few other students looked on, but she luckily and thankfully got away. That kind of thing just scares the living hell out of me. Even as a child, I had intense fears that my little brother would be kidnapped in our neighborhood, and now as a parent, ugh.
If you’re local, please note The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and is investigating. Police describe the suspect as a white male in his mid-40s, 5’8” to 5’11” tall, with gray medium-length hair and a gray beard. He was driving a tan standard-cab pickup truck. If you have any information about this incident, please call 911.
Earlier today I was pleased to see an email from my Ronin’s school principal. Ronin is in first grade but of course this issue impacts all of us from high school down through. I’ve heard other local schools also sent out similar messages. In it, our principal listed several tips to help ensure student safety when they travel to and from school. It’s also a reminder to use this opportunity to talk with our children about personal safety and security, so I wanted to share these tips for kids:
- Do not walk alone and walk in groups of two or more.
- Never get into a vehicle with a stranger—fight, shout, scream, kick, bite, run and tell.
- Never take anything a stranger offers you—do not accept candy, food or money from a stranger.
- Do not walk alone in the dark.
- Stay away from lonely places—do not go alone into deserted buildings, empty parking lots or places where there are few people around.
- Remain on school grounds during school hours.
- Immediately tell responsible adults about any suspicious activities or people encountered to or from school and give as many details as possible.
Then today I also learned about a new product because of my connection with Verizon, that is interesting to me. And in light of this incident has got me thinking. I wanted to share the information and get your thoughts. It would be nice to have a way to check on my young kids in an emergency, and be able to make calls without the need for an actual phone.
Edited to add: I don’t know how I feel about the “tracking” aspect of this device for anything other than emergencies. Checking to see “if they got home on time” would certainly not be my purpose.
Do you have any other safety tips or safety products to share? Please comment on this post so we can all benefit.
Disclosure: I have not been paid for this post. All opinions are my own.