Shawnee Police recommend talking about 'stranger danger' after student reports attempted abduction

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Shawnee police are issuing a reminder to talk to children about stranger danger after a 12-year-old girl told police three men chased her on the way to her bus stop.

The girl said the incident happened Friday morning. Police have not made an arrest, but they take every victim's report seriously.

Resident, Jill Tran moved to Shawnee looking for a good environment to raise her children in.

"We lived over on the other side of State Line Ave., for a while, and our house got broken into. We actually came over to this area for safety purposes -- for our family and such," Tran said.

She found out Monday there was a report of stranger danger near her home.

"It just makes me ill, but I am really thankful the child was fine, and able to report it. But we all just need to reiterate to our children over and over and over to be safe buy yet not to be fearful," Tran said.

Shawnee Police said a 12-year-old girl and her mother contacted them Saturday. The girl said three men tried to kidnap her as she walked to her bus stop around 8 a.m. Friday.

The 12-year-old said she ran through some back yards to get to her bus stop. She did not tell anyone what happened until she got home from school.

The district sent a phone message to families at both Trail-Ridge Middle School and Rhein Benninghoven Elementary School to let them know about the report.


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