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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2015)– The Metropolitan School District of Perry Township alerted parents after receiving a report of an attempted abduction Wednesday.

“We are extremely concerned about a case that was reported to us this afternoon by IMPD,” said Perry Township superintendent Tom Little. “One of our sixth-grade students was approached by two suspicious men in a white van.”

According to the police report, the student was walking from the school bus to his house on West McGregor Road, when he was approached by two men in a white van. The boy told authorities the men asked him if he wanted candy.

The boy said he walked away and called his parents, who then called police. The boy was not hurt in the incident. Police said the boy did the right thing by running away from the suspects.

“Have discussions with your children often. Be specific in what you’re telling your kids in terms of strangers,” IMPD Public Information Officer Christopher Wilburn said.

This isn’t the first time a white van like this has been seen in the area. IMPD said they received another report last week and have been looking into posts on social media. Police are asking neighbors to be vigilant and look for the van.

IMPD also recommends parents to talk about the incident with their children. They said suspects often times try to lure children by telling them they know their parents or there’s an emergency and they need to get in the van.

“Do some sort of role playing. Actually put them in that position where a car is approaching. Try to do as many variances as you can,” Wilburn said.

Perry Township schools is also urging parents to talk to their kids.

In a recorded message, Perry Township superintendent Tom Little said, “I would urge that if you saw any suspicious white van in the area, to contact IMPD immediately. Working together we are going to take these guys off the streets.”

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