Fairfield School District investigates attempted abduction

FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Fairfield School District is investigating an attempted student abduction that took place at a school bus stop Thursday morning.

A Fairfield Middle School student was waiting for her bus on Resor Road at 6:34 a.m. when a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt approached her from his car and tried to persuade her to get into his vehicle, according to Gina Gentry-Fletcher, the district's school and community relations director.

The school bus pulled up soon after the initial contact between the man and the child. The bus driver saw the car and asked the girl if she knew the driver. When the student said she didn't know the man inside the car the bus driver contacted the Fairfield transportation director and police were called.

There was no physical contact between the man and the girl, according to Gentry-Fletcher.

Fairfield police are investigating the matter.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The student said he had a "grungy" look. The car he was driving gray or silver.

A letter was sent to parents of children in kindergarten through ninth grade informing them of the incident and asking them to remind their children to take safety precautions as they wait for the bus or walk to and from school.

Below is an excerpt from the letter to the parents in Fairfield regarding student safety: 

"The safety of all students is important to us. Please continue to teach your children safe practices as they walk to their assigned bus stops, while waiting at the bus stop, or while walking to school. We also encourage you or a trusted neighbor, relative or family friend, to escort your child to the stop and wait with them until the bus arrives. If your child walks to school, encourage them to walk with a group."

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