Schools Respond After Suspicious Person Reported to Police
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sioux City Police say there have been no new incidents and no new leads, on a stranger-danger scare.
Incidents were reported at two schools and a bus stop Wednesday. Five other incidents were reported in other Siouxland towns in the last 10 days.
Sioux City Police are investigating three separate incidents, in which kids said strangers tried to approach them. Police could not comment on whether there were any extra patrols. Sioux City Community School District says the incident is rare, but they were prepared.
"All of our staff and administrators are on alert, yesterday as soon as it happened, and we found out, we sent an email out to all of our district principals, they then talked to their teachers about being extra precautious as well as working with students," Alison Benson with Sioux City Community School District said.
Alison Benson says teachers and administrators have been trained to handle incidents like this every year, and that their staff responded quickly and appropriately Wednesday.
Teachers spoke with students to tell them what to do if approached by a stranger. Wednesday was also the first time the district used an automated phone system.
"We also sent home a phone message yesterday to all of our elementary school parents letting them know what happened as well as give them helpful tips about how to talk to their children," Benson said.
Mary Fischer, the principal at Mater Dei School, of the Bishop Heelan Schools system, says their school is regularly on lock down during the day, but they are being extra cautious when students leave.
"We do have more teachers out on dismissal duty at the end of the day hoping to keep the kids safe and provide some security," said Mary Fischer, principal of Mater Dei School.
Authorities ask, if you see anything suspicious, call 911.
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