PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Public Schools warned about 2 “stranger danger” incidents that happened on Monday and Tuesday.
The first took place near Beverly Cleary School around 5 p.m. when several students were walking home. A person in a silver 4-door sedan reportedly pulled up to the students and asked if they were OK before offering them money to get in the car.
The students continued walking but the car followed them, officials said. When they arrived at a nearby home the car reportedly drove away.
PPS said the second incident happened near NE 60th Avenue and Prescott Street when a man with $5 in his hand drove up to a girl and asked how old she was.
The district released a statement about the incidents on Wednesday:
“Our students’ safety is a top priority and throughout our schools parents and students are educated about how to identify and respond to suspicious or potentially dangerous situations. We encourage parents to talk with their children about what to do if they see something suspicious and we encourage all in the community to report to our schools if they see anything unusual that raises a concern. There are helpful tips here and we encourage families to review these with their children.”
Officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for suspicious people and cars.
Lauren Chattigre, an instructor in training for Israeli defense classes called Krav Maga, told KOIN 6 News it’s important to get far away from cars in incidents like these.
“If the van is facing north, you ideally want to head south because at leas they have to completely turn around to try to acquire you,” Chattigre explained.
Kids approached by strangers should yell “fire” instead of “help”, she continued, because it attracts more attention. Family safe words are also good to have ready.
Krav Maga classes also teach about school and cyber bullying.
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