Update to Initial Alert

posted Sep 20, 2010, 8:58 AM by tom.hoskins@middletownusd.org

On September 15th a notice was sent home alerting parents of a report given by students about a suspicious van that had been seen in our community.  The purpose of this notice was to inform parents and provide a heightened awareness concerning the situation.  We request that everyone use common sense and not panic while continuing to be cautious and alert.

The Sheriff did follow up on a white van that has an orange rack on top and students confirmed this is NOT the same van.  The owner of the white van that lives near the bus stop where the incident occurred does not fit the description given by the students.  It is important that we not make quick judgments or unjustified accusations with neighbors and community members that may coincidentally own a white van. 

Take this opportunity to talk to your child about safety around strangers, but please remind them not to make unfounded accusations or spread rumors that may provoke unwarranted panic.  While it is best to take a “better safe than sorry” approach with our children’s safety, we should also take care to remain calm and clear thinking.

As a reminder, any suspicious activity should be reported to the sheriff’s department at 263-2690 and refer to case # 1009-0239.

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