If your child was waiting at a bus stop and was asked if they needed a ride to school with a stranger, what would they do?
Well, one family’s 12 year-old girl was put to the test Friday and she said no.
This all happened near the corner of Iroquois and Marquette in South Bend around 6:40 a.m. Her parents say she was waiting at the bus stop ready to go to school when a dark-colored SUV made a U-turn and pulled right in front of her.
She told her parents that a white woman with dark, curly hair asked her to get in the car so she could give her a ride to school.
During that time, her mom was walking out of the house yelling at her daughter, but she could not hear her mom since the bus was coming.
She got in the bus and went to school.
Her mom says she called the school and spoke with her daughter. She was crying but still safe.
“The plan from now on is she is waiting for the bus on the front porch because like I said I do keep the door open to pay attention to anything that might be happening and we are just going to have her wait at the front door from now on. The bus driver is aware that this is our house even though the bus stops across the street and we will just make sure Monday that we make sure the bus driver knows from now on if she is not standing there just look over,” said her mother, Alissa King.
NewsCenter16 spoke with the police department on Friday, and they told us that they are looking into the incident. They also said that they informed their officers of the description and to have an eye out for the woman and her vehicle.
But this is a great reminder for parents to have the discussion with your kids and to make sure that they know what to do if a stranger tries to get them in their car.