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Keller ISD Starts Year With Safety Concerns

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KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) - Safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds in the Keller Independent School District, as kids head back to classes on Monday. Officials want to make sure that everybody gets to and from their campuses without any issue. This comes after there were two reports of attempted abductions late last year.

Police released a sketch of the male suspect in May. That individual allegedly tried to abduct at least two children near Keller schools — elementary campuses located in north Fort Worth. In both cases, the man told children that their mothers were sick, and he was sent to take them home. And, in both cases, the children were able to run away to safety.

There has been no arrest in this case.

A computer glitch in the Keller ISD’s security system on Friday sent notice about an alert at a district campus. But that was determined to be just a mistake, and a banner on the district’s website tells visitors to disregard the message. Still, the notice reignited concerns for many parents.

There are 33,000 students in the Keller ISD across 39 campuses.

Monday was the only day that parents are allowed to walk their kids all the way to the classroom. School officials encouraged parents to introduce themselves to the teachers and other parents, and create a sense of community. This is especially important for the parents of kindergarteners and others who are new on campus.

Steve Robedeau’s daughter started her first day of kindergarten on Monday. “She was very excited,” he said. “Went to bed early. She woke up, had a big smile on her face. So, it’s good.”

“I can’t believe he’s a fourth-grader already,” said mother Merla Mendoza-Norton about her son.

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