FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas -- Parents in Fort Bend County are on the lookout after multiple "stranger danger" incidents happened within the last few days.
That someone might willfully harm a child is indeed testament to the times.
The first incident involved a third grader from Schiff Elementary in Missouri City. The district said he was riding his bike home from school on Sienna Ranch Road, when a black truck pulled up, and a female passenger called for him to cover over. He turned onto a residential street, and the truck drove away.
Candice Aquino has two children enrolled at the school.
“I’m just like, oh my gosh,” Aquino said. “I see these kids walking home and their parents not with them, and they just need to make their children aware of what can happen.”
The second incident involved a ninth grader from Clements High School in Sugar Land. He had apparently just taken the bus home from school when he was approached by a woman in a gray sedan who claimed she worked for Fort Bend ISD and offered him study and testing materials, before inviting him to sit in her car. The student declined and reported the incident to his parents.
“It’s shocking,” said Jennifer Johnson, who has children at the school. “You don’t anticipate these things happening, but thank God that boy was prepared, and obviously his parents prepared him for this situation and how to handle it. It’s great. I commend them for it.”
Fort Bend ISD sent home a letter to parents which read in part: the safety of our students is our highest priority. We will continue efforts to ensure that our students are safe while at school, and as they travel to and from school.
Parents have concluded if it can happen in Sugar Land, it can happen anywhere.
“You can’t assume because you live in this nice bubble that there aren’t bad people,” said parent Melissa Bohnsack.