ATLANTA -- The third attempted abduction of a child in four days prompted members of a group called the 360 Movement to take to Atlanta streets on Thursday.
Islord Shasun and others printed flyers with the suspect and vehicle descriptions and canvassed neighborhoods around Crawford Long Middle School and M. Agnes Jones Elementary.
The latest incident happened Friday on Fair Street. A male students was walking the M. Agnes Jones elementary. Police a man in a dark blue minivan pulled up, opened the sliding side door and said the boy's mother told him to give him a ride to school. The child ran away screaming.
In the first incident on Monday, a 17-year-old girl was walking on Fountain Drive to Washington High. On Tuesday, a second incident happened on Latona Drive near Long Middle School.
In two earlier incidents the description of the cars was different, but in all three cases the motive has been identical.
"Some people in the community can't wait until a tragedy happens. We have to be proactive to prevent this to save our children. There are crazy, sick people out there," said Shasun.
Atlanta Public Schools issued a statement saying, "Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is aware of reported abduction attempts near multiple school properties. While the attempted abductions have not taken place on school property, when they are reported to the Atlanta Police Department (APD), communication, using several different methods, information is sent to students and parents for awareness.
APS continues to work with APD to ensure the safety and security of our students. These incidents provide additional opportunities for our parents to talk to their children about personal safety in general and the importance of being alert for the safety of others. We urge parents, students and staff to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. We also encourage parents to speak with their children about how to deal with strangers.
Earlier this week, APS made the decision to launch a safety campaign targeted toward student walkers and bus riders. The district plans to distribute robo-calls, send letters to parents including safety tips, and produce radio and television public service announcements.".