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Attempted abduction report a reminder of stranger danger

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Every report is taken seriously.

That may be the best piece of information that came out of a report of an attempted abduction in Harrisburg.

Thursday an 8-year-old girl told Sheriff's Deputies that two women approached her as she got off the bus and asked if she needed a ride.

Within a few hours of the Lincoln County releasing a news release of the possible attempted child abduction, Sheriff Dennis Johnson got a phone call from the County's Assessor's Office.

It was two workers out on the job.

"They were doing their job and when they saw this young girl get off the bus they attempted to give her a business card to give to her parents and those workers did tell me that they could tell that little girl was scared," said Sheriff Johnson.

Although it was a simple mix up, Sheriff Johnson said she did all the right things.

"She got away from them. She was concerned. She got away from them. She went in the house. She called her mom. She did a good job," said Sheriff Johnson.

When the Harrisburg School District Superintendent learned of the possible abduction attempt, he took immediate action.

He contact the five elementary principals to have teachers go over stranger danger as well as contacting school bus drivers to make sure students made it into their homes safely. 

Through e-mail and a voice message program, the district was also able to contact parents.

"We put into play what have is a School Reach to all of our parents. On this letter we ended up telling parents this is a time for you to be reviewing these with your students. So even though this turned out to be a good story, in the end it's still a good time to think about what to do in case something was to happen down the road," said Jim Holbeck, Harrisburg Schools Superintendent.



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