Central Dauphin School District: Man approached middle school student

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Central Dauphin School District issued a robo-call to parents Wednesday morning to alert them of a suspicious man near a bus stop Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at Sarhelm and Sterling roads.

The man asked him for his phone number and address. The boy ignored him and told his bus driver and school officials what happened.

The boy says the man had long gray hair and was driving a red Toyota RAV4 with a handicapped placard.

Police say the middle schooler did the right thing by ignoring the stranger’s request for his information.

“A lot of times today, we teach kids to obey an adult’s authority and without being disrespectful, [but] if they have the slightest inclination that the information they’re being asked for is funny [or inappropriate], they should say no and not give any information,” Lower Paxton police Officer Walt Cook said.

If someone’s trying to grab your child, that’s when they should jump into action.

“We recommend the child run as fast as they can, scream, yell, get as much attention as they can get so if a nearby neighbor is gardening, they look and see, and we hope if they see a child in distress, they help that child,” Cook said.

Police urge parents to have a conversation with their children about safety, asking them to report all suspicious activity.

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