FLINT TWP. – For the third time this month and second time in a week, Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie Kindle, sent out a letter to parents and guardians to make them aware of a “stranger danger” incident reported by students.
The most recent incident was reported on Friday, October 20 by two high school students and one middle school student who said they were walking to the bus stop when approached by a stranger at about 6:45 a.m. on Sun Terrace Drive (near Dye and Beecher roads). The students said the stranger was standing in a ditch, dressed in dark clothing, and followed them back to their home. Flint Township police were notified and are investigating.
In a separate incident, reportedly, at about 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, two strangers approached a student at a bus stop near Court Street and Yorktown Drive. The student described them as two males riding in a red pickup truck. The strangers questioned the student who ran home but was followed by the men who then pounded on the door of the home, Kindle reported.
The Flint Township Police Department were contacted and are investigating.
“We want to keep our students safe and aware of the possible dangerous situations that can occur within our community,” Kindle said. “Please talk to your children about strangers, the importance of being aware of their surroundings, and when possible, the value in always walking with others. It is unfortunate that these incidents take place and we must take them seriously.”
Kindle offered other safety tips including that students avoid distractions, such as using cell phones; if approached by a stranger to run away and seek help from others and to immediately report any incident that makes them uncomfortable.
School officials have made building administrators, bus drivers and district staff aware of the incidents and will continue to monitor this situation, Kindle said. Any question, concerns, or suspicious activity reported by a child should be brought to the attention of the child’s principal, Kindle said.
He also advised that anyone who sees suspicious activity or has information regarding these incidents should report it immediately to the Flint Township Police at 810-600-3250.
In recent weeks, several other stranger danger incidents have been reported by school districts in Genesee County. C-A previously reported an incident on October 2 in which a middle-school student reportedly was approached by a white male in a white car bearing an Ohio license plate. That incident was said to happen at about 7:05 a.m. at a bus stop at Mandeville and Phillips streets. The stranger offered a ride, which the student declined then ran home. Township police were notified. – Rhonda Sanders