Kidnapping attempt puts schools, parents on alert
Ken Watts | 9/6/2013, 6 a.m.
Parents in Clarkston and Stone Mountain are on alert in the wake of an attempted kidnapping of a Freedom Middle School sixth-grader on Sept. 3.
The 11-year-old girl, who was on her way to the school in Stone Mountain, said a man driving a gold Nissan tried to pull her into his car while she waited at her school bus stop at the corner of Nielsen Drive and Nielsen Court in Clarkston.
She said the man passed her once at the bus stop, then circled and came back.
“He was wearing a white T-shirt but no pants or underwear,” she said. “He tried to grab my arm but I kicked free and ran for help.”
Corey Davidson, the school’s principal, notified parents with a take-home note and alerted principals at Jolly Elementary School and Clarkston High, which are in the same attendance zone.
In the letter to parents and guardians, Davidson said the student reported that a Caucasian man driving a gold Nissan attempted to grab her from his car.
“The student informed the Freedom Middle School staff upon arriving at school, and the district’s Police Department immediately began an investigation,” Davidson wrote.
He said the district’s Transportation Department has been notified and that bus drivers are monitoring the region as they drive their routes each morning and afternoon. He asked parents to encourage their kids to report any suspicious activity to them and to the school and call with any questions.
“The safety of our students is paramount,” Davidson said. “The purpose of this letter is to inform you of this incident so that we can work together to make sure that all of our children are kept safe while they are in school, while they are traveling to and from school, and while they are home.”
Horace Dunson, former principal of Martin Luther King Jr. High and currently the school district’s athletics director, says security of children involves parents, educators and police and that it’s always good for parents to monitor the bus stops.
“Many of our parents take turns and volunteer at the bus stops,” he said. “So we just want to encourage them to do that and continue to do that as well.”
Investigators have issued a lookout notice for the man and the car. No arrest had been made as of press time Thursday. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call 911.