Quick thinking by student thwarts abduction

Updated: 03/10/2014 8:21 PM | Created: 03/10/2014 1:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The fourth-grade-boy was walking to his school at Inez Elementary Monday morning.

APS says the boy was walking on Pennsylvania near Constitution when a man approached him and said the boy's mother was in the hospital. He insisted that the boy come with him.

Knowing to be aware of strangers, the boy screamed, ran away and immediately told his teachers.

The 4th grader did exactly what he was supposed to do.

“You never know how they are going to react in this situation,” said Heather Pickard. Her daughter goes to Inez elementary.

She is one of many parents who hope their child would do the same thing.

You teach stranger-danger all you want but when it comes down to it we don't know what they’re going to do.

She says this is a reality check.

She plans on reminding her daughter about how to deal with stranger and hopes other parents are doing the same thing.

“There are no words. You can't put it into words. My child is priceless,” she said.

Parents received a robo-call when this happened and a letter was sent home with students.

APS says there will be more security here tomorrow morning.

Police are still looking for the guy, but the only description they have is a young man with light skin and dark hair.

Anyone with information should contact police at 242-2677

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