Letter Sent Home with all Students Regarding Report of Suspicious Activity in Scottsbluff

April 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

This letter is to inform you of a report that was made by a parent regarding suspicious activity near 8th Avenue and 15th Street in Scottsbluff on Thursday evening. The parent reported that a woman in an older, gold van stopped in front of their home.  Per the report, the woman tried to lure 2 young students into the alley. When the students ran home, the woman jumped back into the van, which was already starting to drive away, and left the area. Per the report, the van is described to have a broken handle on the sliding door and the front passenger headlight was broken. The students did not get a license plate. Scottsbluff Police have been contacted regarding the matter.

Additionally, there are many resources available to help children be more aware of their personal safety. Some commonly delivered messages to help children be prepared are always helpful. With pro?active rules that will help keep them safe, delivered in a comfortable manner, the process doesn't have to be scary. Examples of such messages include:

 

·         Never accept a ride without first getting permission from parents.

·         Never take food, candy, or any other gifts from a stranger.

·         Do not go take a look at something a stranger wants to show you. Don’t even pet a stranger’s animal, if you are invited to pet it.

·         You are a kid. An adult stranger should not ask you for help. If a stranger asks you for help, get away from him as fast as possible.

·         If anyone ever makes you uncomfortable in any way, tell your parent or another trusted adult immediately.

·         If a stranger tries to take you, yell “No!” and fight as hard as you can to get loose. Run to a public place and keep running until you find an adult who can help you.

·         When you are in a public place, always stay with your parents. Never wander off by yourself.

·         Walk to and from school in groups.

·         Never take shortcuts. Always stick to routes selected by parents, and stay on main roads.

·         Memorize your address and parents’ phone numbers.

·         Have "home alone" plans for emergencies, and for phone and door answering.

·         Be aware of "safe havens" along walking routes which represent the "right" strangers from which to seek help in immediate danger.

·         Never leave school with anyone without checking with school officials.

 

We will continue to keep you informed should there be any further developments. As always, we will remain vigilant at all of our schools and continue to share information such as this throughout our area schools and the media.

 

Cordially,

 

Bob Hastings, Superintendent

Gering Public Schools
1519 10th Street Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-3125
Fax: 308-436-4301