Bus Stop Incident Claim Deemed Unfounded

   Written by on November 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

LUNENBURG – The Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police investigated an incident between a 13-year-old Lunenburg County male and a motorist which occurred at a bus stop in Lunenburg County on October 30.

A subject was identified and cooperated with law enforcement officials. Upon further investigation, the claim has since been determined to be unfounded. Nevertheless, the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office is using this incident as a reminder to parents and children to be alert to their surroundings and know how to protect themselves.

Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend is encouraging parents to follow the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s lead when speaking with their children:

Use role-playing scenarios to help children learn how to recognize and respond to risky situations. For example, have children practice yelling, kicking, pulling away or otherwise attracting attention when grabbed or approached by someone they do not know.

Teach your child about the methods would-be abductors use. Have your child practice responding to the tricks by saying “no,” walking away and telling a trusted adult immediately.

Prepare children to act when you are not with them. They should know their full names, home addresses and telephone numbers, and how to dial 911.

Keep a child identification kit, which includes a recent color photo of your child and descriptive details such as age, height and weight. For more information about creating a kit visit www.missingkids.com/ChildID.

Know the routes your children take, especially to and from school. Practice walking the routes with them so you can point out places they should avoid or where they can go for help.

Talk to your child’s school or day care facility about its pickup policy. Be clear that no one should pick up your child without your permission. Ask to be contacted immediately if someone else tries to pick up your child.

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