Simsbury residents on edge after third attempted kidnapping
By WFSB Staff
SIMSBURY, CT (WFSB) -
School officials in Simsbury are speaking out for the first time since a young girl reported that someone tried to kidnap her on her walk home from school Friday afternoon.
Parents in Simsbury said they're a little concerned because this is now the third time this year that a situation like this has been reported.
Now, parents want to know what school officials are doing to keep their kids safe.
"I had a conversation with one of our police lieutenants at the Simsbury Police Department (Sunday) and he assured me that there would be additional police coverage during the morning and afternoon walks to and from school," said Superintendent Matt Curtis.
Police cars have been circling around town as parents dropped their children off at school.
Monday is the first day of class since the 13-year-old girl said two men tried to lure her into their car while she walked home from Henry James Middle School
Now everyone is on high alert.
"It's such a shame that we live in this wonderful community," said parent Ellen Farrell.
This is now the third reported attempted kidnapping in Simsbury this year. The first was in February after a man tried to get two girls into his car in the same area as Friday's.
On the other side of town in June, two men approached two girls and asked them if they wanted a ride.
Now this latest attempt was reported and parents say they're worried for their children's safety.
"It seems like we are almost targeted here," Farrell said.
School officials said they will continue to work with police to prevent this from happening again, and will also work with students to make sure they stay safe.
Curtis said after the first two attempted kidnapping reports, schools added a Stranger Danger class to their curriculums. The course will teach students what to do if someone tries to abduct them.
"We worked in collaboration with the Simsbury Police Department to put together a program called stranger danger," Curtis said. "That program is now being taught throughout or elementary school and our middle school."
Meanwhile, police are urging anyone who notices any suspicious activity to immediately call the Simsbury Police Department at 860-658-1971.
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