Students, faculty on alert after stranger danger near Northeast High School

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City's Northeast High School officials have issued a warning to students after three "stranger danger" incidents in the last three days. The school sent out a letter to parents and also used a phone message alert to get the word out.

Monday marked the third and most recent incident when a gray or white SUV or van approached a female student.

The first incident occurred last week, when a female student was followed by several men in a red truck. School officials don't have an exact date for the incident because a parent reported it after a letter went out to all parents warning of the stranger danger.

The second incident took place last Thursday around 4:30 p.m. when a gray or white SUV or van pulled up to a female student and tried to get her to get inside the vehicle.

In all three incidents, female students were approached and targeted on their way home from school between a quarter mile to two and a half miles away from the school.

The school does have security on-site and several police officers were seen patrolling during dismissal Wednesday afternoon.

"It was kind of shocking," student Asharrie Peppers said. "I'm not nervous about it. It's just that now I have to lookout more."

Principal Douglas Bolden spoke with students directly Wednesday morning about staying alert. He asked them to walk home in groups and never alone.

"Keep your head on a swivel and just look around for anything that looks suspicious," Bolden said.

The Kansas City Police Department is helping investigate the incidents.

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