Stranger Danger: St. Joseph kids say "no" to a man trying to get them into a car

It's one of parents biggest fears, wondering if your child was asked to get into a car with a stranger, would they?

Well, that is exactly what happened to a couple of kids in St. Joseph, Michigan Wednesday.

Luckily, those kids said “no”, got on the bus and headed to Upton Middle School.

According to the middle school principal, police are going to monitor the area a little more and when it comes to the school, it’s all about education.

The superintendent did send home and e-mail letters to parents explaining what happened.

The kids were waiting for the bus at Wells Field around 7:45 a.m. when the man drove up.

The principal says the kids did exactly what they should have done, told the stranger “no”, got on the bus, and as soon as they got to school they told him what happened.

The director of public safety in St. Joseph said the kids did exactly what they should have done. He said the only other thing to do would be to get on your cell phone, if you have one, and call 9-1-1 right away and not wait.

He also says that if you feel like you have to run up to a house and knock on the door for help, do it!

In light of the situation, the principal says this is the perfect time to talk to your kids, explain what happened and make sure they know what to do if they were in that situation.

While this is very scary situation for some, parents and kids need to know it’s also a very uncommon one.

“It's rare, I don't think there is a need to over react and have someone at every bus stop. I don't think that's necessary. If a parent wants to be at a bus stop that is great, but to require it, I don't think is necessary. It's a pretty unusual incident,” says St. Joseph Public Safety Department Director, Mark Clapp.

As of right now, the man’s name has not been released.

What they did say was that he is a white male, in his 50's, driving a silver or gray car.

Authorities did say that he has had no past criminal record.

The report was forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutors office for review on appropriate charges.


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