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Child luring scare in York County

Updated: Friday, September 27 2013, 06:28 PM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

SPRING GARDEN -- A child luring scare prompted quick action by students and teachers at a York County school Friday morning.

Northern York County Regional Police reported a child luring incident at Spring Grove Middle School along Hanover Street after two girls reported a man asked them about his lost dog. 

Police say the two girls, who were outside for a physical education class, quickly responded to a teacher who then alerted administration of the incident.
 All of the students were taken inside as a safety precaution.

On Friday afternoon, police said they found the man in question. In a tweet issued by the authorities, they confirmed the man’s story of losing a dog and asking people if they had seen it. While police won’t press any criminal charges onto the man, the incident prompted quick action from school officials. 

“My hope is that what raised the red flag was their training,” said Lisa Smith, a community relations coordinator with Spring Grove Area School District. She told CBS 21 News that students are informed as early as kindergarten how to act when approached by the stranger. 

“Hats off to these two young ladies,” Smith said in how theY properly told a trusted adult.

The district took the scare very seriously; the superintendent of the schools instructed all school activities to be indoors during the investigation.

Within the last month, there have been four child luring incidents reported throughout York County. 

“It’s just like the rest of the world,” said Phylis Grogg, a grandmother who lives just down the street from the school. “They’re going mad.” She added it’s just a sign of the times.

“Years ago, you didn’t have to worry, but today it’s just an entirely different world,” she said.

As for today’s scare, Smith, as well as other school officials, said the possible child luring incident a testament to quick, safe thinking by students.

“Here’s an example, that if you practice and know what to do and something occurs,” it’s second nature, she said.

Police did not release the name of the man searching for his lost dog. 

Officials will not press criminal charges, only saying the man made a poor judgment call. He was able to find his dog.Child luring scare in York County


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