Our current school district robocalls parents when there is abduction attempt or an attempt to lure children into a car. We’ve probably had five or six calls in the last 15 months and several, they believe, were perpetrated by the same man.
The recorded message tells you what happened including details about the sex and age of the child approached, a description of the person and their vehicle and how the child got away.
The district gets the message out quickly and does a good job posting extra teachers along routes the children walk home. I do find it helpful, but it’s also scary to know. I don’t remember any of these phone calls in Georgia, which makes me wonder do they not call or is it not happening?
I am also now on a list to get texts and emails about any threats on the university’s campus. They have had a couple of armed robbery attempts on campus in the last two weeks. I encouraged my students to sign up for the text messages. Several were already on the list.
(I also have gotten notices about suspected gas leaks at a certain building. The problem is I don’t know the campus well enough to know if that is near my building. So that doesn’t help me much.)
I like that both our school district and the university are keeping the public informed about safety issues and they seem to be doing it very efficiently.
Does your school ever email, text or call if there is an abduction attempt or an attempt to lure a child on the way to school? Would you like for your district to notify you?
Do your university students receive text alerts about campus safety incidents? Would you encourage your student to sign up for such texts if they are available?