Parents on alert after attempted abduction

January 28, 2008 8:36:31 AM PST
Extra security will be added around a southwest Houston middle school today because of an attempted abduction last week.A 13-year-old was grabbed by a stranger as she walked to Sharpstown Middle School Friday morning.

The safety of children is our number one priority. That is what the principal at Sharpstown Middle school told parents after an 8th grader was involved in an attempted abduction.

The incident happened Friday near Mary Bates when the girl was walking to school. She says a clean shaven, Hispanic male about 25 years old walked up behind her and grabbed her arm.

The principal not only warned parents in a phone call and with a letter sent homeabout the attempted abduction . He also cautioned that wearing iPods or MP3's can make it harder for children to be alert.

Extra patrols will be in the area today and police are encouraging parents to remind children to walk in groups and if approached or grabbed by someone, make a scene, kick, scream, and run just like the girl did in this case. She was unharmed.

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