10/11/16 Important Bus Rider Safety Information

10/11/16 Important Bus Rider Safety Information

This is a very important safety message from Alamance-Burlington Schools and the Alamance County Sheriff's Department for all of our parents and student bus riders. On October 11, we received a report from the Alamance County Sheriff's Department that this morning, one of our student bus riders from Hawfields Middle School was forcibly taken by an unidentified male adult while waiting at the bus stop. The student was later released and is assisting the Sheriff's Department which continues to investigate all possible leads and has released descriptive information to all media outlets.

It is extremely important to review our bus safety procedures. We want to remind all students when walking to and from the bus stop each day to pay attention to their surroundings. Walk with other students, wait in a group or with an adult when possible and remember, to never accept a ride from anyone in a car or truck, Run away if at all possible if approached. Observe all safety rules and always report any suspicious activity to your bus driver, parents or another responsible adult. These safety procedures were also reviewed with students this afternoon at school.

The Alamance County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate this situation. We appreciate their prompt and ongoing support for all of our students' safety.

Here is the description of the suspect provided by the Alamance County Sheriff's Department:

The suspect was described as a W/M, tall, possibly 35-45 years of age. He was wearing dark pants (possibly jogging pants) a gray ribbed long sleeve shirt, light brown boots and a ball cap red in color. He was further described as having light facial hair. The suspect was operating a gray 4 door vehicle, possibly a Buick or similar type vehicle. It was further reported that the car may have a sticker on the back that includes a skull.

Information obtained at this time indicates that the suspect vehicle may have been seen shortly after the abduction driving through the parking lot of WalMart on Mebane Oaks Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office at 336-570-6300.