Police are looking into an attempted kidnapping near Booker T. Washington Senior High School in southwest Atlanta.
They say a man tried to lure a teenage girl into his van as she walked to school Monday. The 17-year old girl was walking along Morris Brown Drive to the school just a couple of blocks away on Whitehouse Drive.
The girl told police a black man in his 50s or 60s pulled up close, opened the side door to his gray minivan and told her to get in. He said her parents asked him to come get her.
The girl's great-grandmother said the girl was so shaken up she was forced to miss school. She and her mother were already asleep when CBS 46 reporter Donna Rapado went to check on them, both medicated to calm their nerves.
"She ignored the male initially. And when he did not leave she ran home," explained Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee. "Use this as an example of what should be done in a case like this."
Chafee said police have no other reports of attempted kidnappings like this in this neighborhood. But he advised parents and children to be aware, and to communicate with each other.
"It's important for parents to be speaking with their kids, make them aware of who they're allowed to go with," Chafee warned. "Just so if a situation like this comes up that the children aren't gonna be wondering if this person's telling the truth. They're going to be able to trust what their parents told them above what this person told them."
The girl described the man as being black with a medium build, a moustache and wearing a brown hat. She said the minivan was gray, though she was unable to get the Georgia tag numbers.
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