After reports of an attempted abduction at a Tooele school last Thursday, Tooele City Police encourage families to talk about safety when walking to school.
The 14-year-old student was walking to Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School on 2200 North before 8 a.m. when she noticed a pickup truck driving toward her, according to a release from Tooele City Police Officer Tanya Turnbow. When the pickup truck stopped near her, the student ran to a nearby friend’s house, fearing she was being abducted.
Tooele police investigated the incident and found the driver of the pickup truck was someone the student knew but did not recognize.
The student did the right thing by going to a safe place and contacting the police, according to Turnbow.
Parents should discuss safety when walking to-and-from school, including walking with someone and sticking with the same route, Turnbow said in the release. Students should also avoid taking rides with anyone not pre-arranged by their parents.
While walking to school, students should also pay attention to traffic and increase their visibility, especially in low light situations, with bright clothing or a flashlight, according to Turnbow.
If a student or anyone else notices suspicious activity, they should report it to Tooele County Dispatch at 435-882-5600 or 911.