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MANOR TOWNSHIP: After a man attempted to lure a 10-year-old boy into his car Tuesday morning, Armstrong School District officials are warning parents to watch their children at bus stops.

The Lenape Elementary School student was on his way to his bus stop near Armstrong Street and Park Avenue when an older man in a silver sedan pulled up and tried to talk the child into his car, state police said.

The boy didn’t get into the car, and the suspect reportedly drove away when another car and a school bus pulled up behind him, police said. The incident occurred about 8 a.m.

Once the school district was alerted, administrators notified state police in Kittanning and began making plans to notify parents, according to Lenape Principal Thomas Dinga.

“We don’t want to inflame the situation, but we definitely want to inform parents,” Dinga said Wednesday.

Dinga said a statement was sent with Lenape students, and he thought other schools in the district also were planning to warn parents.

“It’s a reminder for parents to be diligent when their kids are going to or from bus stops,” Dinga said. “It’s a good reminder, especially since it’s early in the year.

“It’s a good idea to have contact with your kids at the bus stop,” Dinga advised parents. “Rather than just dropping them off, you should watch them.”

Dinga said this is the first time he has heard of a child-luring incident in the Armstrong School District.

“It’s something you don’t like to think about, but it hits quick,” he said.

Dinga said students are instructed at assemblies and in the curriculum what to do when approached by strangers.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for the Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum. She can be reached at [email protected]


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