Child Eludes Predator At School

Monday, September 24th 2007, 9:05 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police are investigating a close call this weekend at a Tulsa elementary school. Police say a couple unsuccessfully tried to abduct a fourth-grader at Darnaby Elementary School. News On 6 reporter Chris Wright reports that authorities say the young girl handled the situation perfectly.

Police say the girl didn't respond to the strangers' attempts to lure her to their car. Instead, she took off running.

Tulsa Police say several kids were playing on Darnaby's playground near 87th and Memorial Saturday evening when a white or beige Mitsubishi Montero pulled up.

They say the man and woman driving it asked one of the girls if she would like some candy.

When she didn't respond, the woman told her that her mom was sick, and she needed to get in the car.

That didn't work either.

The child ran to get an adult, while the Montero sped off.

A letter describing the incident was sent home with Darnaby students and posted on Union Public Schools' web site.

The school's principal says students are warned about the danger of strangers and the warning paid off on Saturday.

"We're very happy that our students that were involved made the right choice. It's a textbook ending. They did exactly what they're supposed to do." says Darnaby Principal Tom Carson.

Many Green Country parents are still on edge after last week's abduction and rape of a five-year-old Broken Arrow girl. The Tulsa Police Department says it has talked with Broken Arrow Police and says while both police agencies have not completely ruled it out, both departments say they do not believe the two incidents are connected.

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