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Orchard, NE schools on alert after attempted abductions

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Northeast Nebraska parents are concerned about their kids after an apparent attempted abduction at an elementary school.

School officials in Orchard, Nebraska, were notified by parents, last Friday, that two elementary school boys had told them that a man had attempted to persuade them to let him give them a ride home in his van. The two boys declined and instead told their parents.

Orchard is part of a three-city school district along with Clearwater and Verdigre, and school officials say they immediately set out to tell as many people as possible in those towns what had happened. Dale Martin, District Superintendent says, "We sent out basically an electronic message that we use that goes out to all our parents that we had this happen within our district. Two students were approached and obviously they didn't get in and did the right thing."

School officials say the van was white with tinted windows. It had a non-Nebraska license plate and what appeared to be DOT logos on the side. The driver was described as a stocky man with dark hair.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact their local law enforcement.

School officials say guidance counselors have been stressing with students what to do in situations like this... and these two boys handled this situation exactly the way you're supposed to.

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