PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Parents and students at six schools in Plano have been placed on alert regarding suspicious persons approaching children. The six incidents have occurred since Jan. 1.
“To have as many as we’ve had over the short time is unusual,” said Plano Police spokesman David Tilley.
The Plano Independent School District sent e-mail alerts to the parents with students who attend the following schools:
- Davis Elementary, at 2701 Parkhaven Dr.
- Bethany Elementary, at 2418 Micarta Dr.
- Saigling Elementary, at 3600 Matterhorn Dr.
- Haggard Middle School, at 2832 Parkhaven Dr.
- Rice Middle School, at 8500 Gifford Dr.
- Schimelpfenig Middle School, at 2400 Maumelle Dr.
Plano police say the cases do not appear to be related. However, detectives say in at least one of the incidents, the suspicious people were a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl who were in a white Sport Utility Vehicle.
Police say the teenagers approached two children and asked them to get into the vehicle, but the children ran. Officers say the teenagers were playing a prank on the kids and have not been charged.
Plano resident Susan Cure said she received two notices, one from Plano ISD and the other from her neighborhood association.
“You know, it’s unfortunate and it’s sad that we have to do these things to teach our kids about these things,” she said. “But it is what’s happening in our world and I’m not naive about it.”
She said she immediately went over the ground rules with her 12-year-old son about the dangers of strangers.
“If someone approaches me, don’t just expect it to be normal, be aware that this is happening,” said her son Evan, a student at Haggard Middle School.
Here’s the official alert from the Plano Police Department: