Posted 10:54 PM 5/4/2012 : Stranger danger incident puts TUSD parents on high alert
TUCSON- Some TUSD parents are on high alert, after two incidents where a stranger approached middle school girls on their way to school.
Ft. Lowell Townsend Principal John Bellisario sent out a letter May 2 to parents, informing them of what happened. The first incident was on April 27 near the Rosemont Blvd. and Lee St. intersection. TUSD says a man in a white truck approached a girl.
The second incident happened May 2. TUSD says a man in a white truck approached a girl walking on Santa Rosa Avenue. In both cases TUSD spokesperson Cara Rene says the man didn't get out of his car, or ask the students to get in his car. Both students walked away and immediately reported the incidents.
"It's kind of scary as a parent, hearing about this," Joe Lytle says.
Lytle has two children who attend Ft. Lowell Townsend K-8. Now he's thinking twice about letting his kids walk to school, or sending them on the bus. "I would rather go and pick up my kids for the time being until maybe these people are caught," Lytle says.
"I never thought it would happen in this neighborhood, but it's happening all over Tucson, so all of us need to keep our eyes open, our ears open," Neighbor John Gonzales says.
The Tucson Police Department is investigating both incidents. In the letter written to Ft. Lowell Townsend parents, Principal Bellisario wrote, "They will have detectives in the area checking our area, but we need you also to be alert and call in to TPD if you witness any suspicious activity."
The district also wants to remind parents to make sure their children know exactly what to do if they're approached by a stranger. "I know I have to keep a more watchful eye on both my kids and I especially don't want them to disappear," Lytle says.
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