Just be aware
With an abundance of caution, we wanted to make all of our community aware of the following. On Monday late afternoon two children playing outside observed a red 4 door pickup truck, maybe a GMC or Dodge, drive slowly by them near 47th Terr. around 4 to 5pm. The truck pulled into a driveway, the driver looked at them and then drove off. The driver was a white male, balding with a beard. There was no conversation or attempted contact by the driver. The next day one of the children reported to his teacher that he saw a red truck drive by at recess. It is unknown whether it was related to the first incident. A teacher was present and did not perceive a threat from that truck. We have engaged Principal Keith and Shawnee Mission School District Police to coordinate our efforts. We are increasing our presence around the school to promote student safety.
While no elements of a crime have been established, it’s a good reminder of basic stranger danger skills. Please discuss with your children the following: don’t talk to strangers ● don’t accept rides from strangers ● don’t approach a stranger’s car if they want to talk to you ● say “NO” and run away ● and just like these children did, always tell an adult. Having this important conversation with your children is the best place to start.
As always, if you see something suspicious call 911 or 913-782-0720. Keep looking out for one another.