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School safety a concern after attempted kidnapping

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School officials are trying to ease parents' minds after yesterday's report of an attempted kidnapping. Forest Hills School officials are on high alert after one of their students told them she was approached by a strange man on her way home from school. Police say the 11-year-old girl was taking a shortcut home, over a fence behind the school and that a man in a ski mask tried to pull her into a black truck or SUV. She told police she bit the man, got free and ran back to school. Police are stepping up patrols in the area, and school administrators are reminding parents to be careful. Principal Michael Cobb says school staff will also be keeping an eye on things after school. "Because of this incident we've kind of looked at where else can people go that they are not supposed to and we will have people stationed in those areas as well," said Cobb. Wilmington police are investigating this case and looking for witnesses who saw a black SUV or truck in the Forest Hills area yesterday. Anyone with information is being asked to call the WPD at 910-343-3600.

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kind of looked at?

"Because of this incident we've kind of looked at where else can people go that they are not supposed to and we will have people stationed in those areas as well," said Cobb. You are kidding me.. right? He "kind of looked at" Wow.. That's reassuring..

I guess you want LEO at

I guess you want LEO at every corner. Let's forget about all the other crimes taking place and move all LEO to assist with students getting home from school

Parents and communities can help too!

We all know there isn't enough police and way too many of these predators lurking like foxes in the shadows. While incidents like these do a lot to wake up school officials and motivate them to alter survelliance, the fact is that these predators will just find another avenue, another method and another child. Community involvement goes a long way to assist prevention. Organized groups to hold meetings and establish preventative methods to thwart pedophiles. These groups can define stategies to teach children... 1. If your parents aren't with you, then be with a group of friends, never alone. 2. Have assigned parents to "patrol" until the children are back at home. 3. Never allow a child to approach a stranger, especially if he is wearing a ski mask...HELLOOOOOOOOOO (this one still has me baffled!)! 4. All parents keep an eye open at all times for any unusual vehicles or pedestrians, record any suspicious activity. 5. Teach the children how to identify assailants and to report incidents ASAP. These are but a few preventative measures. The fine folks of Forest Hills have the where-with-all to accomplish this as does any neighborhood and it may prove to be the best law enforcement they can ask for!