Attemped child lurings continue near Prairie View Elementary


by & Ashley Korslien

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 25 at 6:20 PM

MEAD, Wash.— Prairie View School District Officials sent out another alert letter Tuesday to warn parents about multiple attempted child lurings that have occurred over the past two weeks.

School Officials at Prairie View Elementary say they have received four reports of a white male driving around in an older white pick-up truck near the school who allegedly asked students if they want a ride home.

The luring attempts have occurred to the south and east of the school.  Principal Eric Hoglund says the man reportedly waits for kids to get off the bus after school and asks if they want a ride home.

Families of students were originally notified of the attempts last week.

Many parents were shocked to hear that attempted lurings were happening near the school, and continue to worry about the safety of their children.

“We have a huge sense of community here,” one parent said.  “All of the parents know each other, and a lot of the time we’re out playing with the kids.”

Some parents say they aren’t taking any chances.

“My kids aren’t allowed to play outside without us out there,” Amanda Knowlton, a parent, said.

Other parents are being extra alert by driving near the bus stops when busses arrive, looking for the description of the vehicle.  Neighbors are determined to keep their kids safe.

Police say no arrests have been made, but urge anyone with information to call Crime Check at 456-2233.