Lexington police are increasing patrols near Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, and the department’s Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating after a student said a man asked him to get into his truck, according to Sgt. Aaron Greenleaf.
In an email to parents. associate principal Jimmy Bentine provided details to parents and urged them to talk with their children about taking precautions while walking to and from school or school bus stops
“We have received a report from a parent that a man driving a lowered red truck with a like-colored camper top stopped in the area of Millpond Road and Winthrop Drive, opened the passenger side door, and told one of our students to ‘get in’ his truck,” Bentine wrote. “The student ran back home and reported the incident to his father who then alerted the school.”
Bentine said school officials immediately contacted the Lexington and Fayette County Public Schools police departments and officers were dispatched to Jessie Clark.
Greenleaf said the incident occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Monday.
“This provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce with our students how important it is for them to be aware of their surroundings and to be cautious around strangers,” Bentine wrote. “Students who walk to school or the bus stop are encouraged to stay in pairs or groups, avoid darkened areas and use main streets instead of shortcuts.”
Bentine asked parents to remind children to never approach a car that they do not do know and to contact an adult as soon as possible if there is a situation that has made them feel threatened or uneasy.
“If possible, license plate information is a good detail to give police, but children should never put themselves in harm’s way to gather information and should focus on getting to a safe place,” Bentine said.
A similar incident happened near the school in September when a parent reported that a woman tried to lure two female students into her car, WKYT-TV, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, said.