ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools officials are warning parents and students to be on guard after recent reports of attempted child abductions.
Four child abduction attempts have been reported near Atlanta schools in the past three weeks, authorities said.
Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said strangers have recently approached students as they’ve walked to school or prepared to get on school buses.
None of the cases have occurred on school property, but the school system is working with Atlanta police to ensure student safety, Green told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Earlier this week, APS made the decision to launch a safety campaign targeted toward student walkers and bus riders,” the school system said in a statement. “The district plans to distribute robo-calls, send letters to parents including safety tips, and produce radio and television public service announcements.”
School officials want students to travel in groups and be very alert and aware of their surroundings at all times, said Marquenta Sands, director of security for Atlanta Public Schools.
Members of a group called the 360 Movement are distributing flyers around neighborhoods where the attempted abductions have been reported, WXIA-TV reported.
Islord Shasun and others printed flyers with the suspect and vehicle descriptions and canvassed neighborhoods around Crawford Long Middle School and M. Agnes Jones Elementary.
“Some people in the community can’t wait until a tragedy happens,” Shasun told the station. “We have to be proactive to prevent this to save our children. There are crazy, sick people out there.”