Abduction response: teach stranger danger

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police have, once again, stepped up patrols around schools, in light of Thursday's abduction and sexual assault of a 14 year old girl.

Police started the day with a road check trying to get any information from drivers in the area of the abduction.  The abduction and sexual assault of the 14 year old is still under investigation.

Many parents in Muscogee County are asking questions of what they can do for their children in response to the recent abductions of two East Columbus Magnet Academy students.

School Counselor Dr. Bunny Campbell says, "I don't know if anything like this ever passes on.  I mean, we always have to be aware that there are going to be those people out there that will take advantage of our children if they have the opportunity."

So, Campbell said healing begins with education. "It's sad, very sad. But, the only way we can keep our children safe is to provide them with the education they need."

Stranger Danger lessons are taught at the schools. And, in light of the recent events, the topic is back on the blackboard.

Dr. Campbell said it's important that the schools and parents try to make their children feel as safe as possible.  Campbell says, "That's all we can do, assure our kids that we are there for them, that we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that they are safe."

Other advice was to check the web for Stranger Danger advice.  Click here for tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If you have any information in this case you are asked to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.

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