Los Alamos Public Schools Remind Families of Stranger Danger – Los Alamos Reporter
LAPS PRESS RELEASE
Los Alamos Public Schools was made aware by the Los Alamos Police Department of a recent incident in which a child was approached by a stranger and asked to enter the car. The incident did not occur on school grounds.
An unknown man approached a child in the Chamisa Primary School area and said, “Hey kid, your mom is sick. Get in the car with me. The child said “no” to the suspect and continued walking. There were also three other people in the vehicle at the time. No further attempt was made to abduct the child.
The man is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5ft 6in of medium build, with dirty blond hair, wearing denim shorts and approximately 16 years old. The vehicle is described as a newer black 4-door passenger car, tinted windows, with no noticeable modifications or damage.
This is currently an active investigation. LAPD School Resource Officers will visit schools to remind students to be mindful of their surroundings and to be aware of “stranger danger.” Students are reminded never to ride in a vehicle with anyone they do not know. Parents are asked to remain vigilant and remind children how to be careful when walking around the community.
The basic Stranger Danger rules include:
- never go anywhere with a stranger
- never accept gifts or sweets from a stranger
- never get in a car with a stranger
- never go alone without telling your parents or a trusted adult
- tell your child that he can break the rules if he is in danger
- encourage your child to YELL, KICK, SHOUT, LIE or RUN AWAY if they feel they are in danger
- give your child a code word or sign that only you and your child (and another parent/guardian) know. They can use it when they feel in danger but don’t want other people to know about it
- tell your child to stay with their friends and not to go to the park alone, for example.
- If you are not picking up your child from school, please let your student and the school know how the student is going home.
LAPS is working closely with LAPD in this investigation and continues to diligently implement procedures to maintain the safety of all students. There is an increased police presence in all of our schools. Please promptly report any suspicious activity. If you have security cameras around your home, make sure your systems are charged and working properly in case LAPD needs video footage. Please alert your neighbors to be on guard with you to ensure the safety of our children.
Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPS at (505) 662-8222.