KELLER -- Parents of students in the Keller Independent School District are being warned after two attempted kidnappings were reported near elementary schools within one week.
Keller ISD said a man in a red truck tried to lure a little girl near Woodland Springs Elementary around 4 p.m. Wednesday, telling the child that her mother was in the hospital.
On May 13 near Caprock Elementary, a child reported a similar incident while walking home from school.
Beth Ebert drove her 7-year-old son to school. Others, like AJ King, escorted his 8-year-old to the entrance door. He says it's a real life lesson in stranger danger for Aiden, a second grader.
"They are tricking people and I don't want to get tricked. I hate to get tricked," Aiden said.
The suspect may be driving a red two-door Ford pickup truck with mud on the bottom, or a dark-colored Nissan pickup.
One witness said the suspect is a man in his 30s or 40s with short brown hair. He was wearing a blue tank top and has three crosses inside circles tattooed on his right shoulder.
The Keller School District said on its website Thursday that four security vehicles have been added to campuses to patrol a "safe corridor." They will be in place until police say otherwise.
KISD officials released the following safety tips for parents and students to follow:
- Don't talk to strangers. If someone you don't know tries to talk to you, run away. If they follow you, keep running and yell, "Stranger! Danger!" Tell a grown up you trust immediately.
- Walk to and from school with a group of people.
- Don't ever accept rides without first getting permission from your parents.
- Don't take shortcuts. Take the route you agreed on with your parents and use main roads.
- Don't let people know if you are going home alone. Keep your house key hidden.
- Parents, help your children make a list of safe places they can go for help that are on their walking route.
- Don't leave school with anyone without checking with officials first.