• Tulsa parent reportedly finds strangers walking with young daughter at bus stop after school

    By: Ashli Lincoln

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    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • A Tulsa parent said her daughter was put on a bus on her first day at a new elementary school, even though she had told school officials she would pick her up after class.
    • She says she arrived at the bus stop to find two strangers holding her daughter's hands and walking with her.
    • The strangers reportedly took off running when she shouted at them, and the parent filed a police report.

     

    Parent Talitha Hendrix told FOX23 she’s glad her daughter is safe after what she calls an attempted abduction. 

    She says staff at Penn Elementary School mistakenly placed her daughter on a school bus last week. 

    Hendrix says that on her daughter’s first day of school at Penn, she told the school she would be picking her daughter up after class. 

    Hendrix says she found out her daughter was instead placed on a bus headed to her neighborhood, so she went to the bus stop.

    There, she says she saw two strangers walking with her daughter and holding her hand. 

    Hendrix says she screamed, and the strangers took off running. 

    She says she then called police and filled out a police report. 

    Henrdix says this mix-up could have been a detriment to her daughter’s wellbeing. 

    Tulsa Public Schools told FOX23 they’re aware of this issue and they’re looking into this matter:

    "When a new student starts school, we ask that the parent or guardian complete a student information sheet includes information about pick-up. We then refer to the information on this sheet throughout the year. If a parent does make a temporary change to student pick-up (such as a parent picking up a child who is a regular bus-rider), they typically would notify the front office staff who would ensure that the child gets to where he or she should be at the end of the day. If a student is marked as a bus rider, and we have not been informed about a temporary change by the parent, the student would be placed on the bus at the end of the school day. Based on the information available to our team on that afternoon, the student (referenced in your email) was sent home on the bus. 

    "Student safety is always front-of-mind for our team, and we take that responsibility with the gravity it deserves. It is certainly concerning when any unknown adult approaches one of our students. Our Campus Police team will be in touch with this family early next week to get more information about this incident and will take appropriate next steps which may include notifying the Tulsa Police Department and having our roving Campus Police officers patrol the area of the bus stop."


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