AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Independent School District Police will step up patrols around Travis Heights Elementary School after a parent reported two strangers approached her daughter.
The 9-year-old girl was walking home after school on Monday to the Travis Park Apartments when she said two men in a black pickup truck asked her if she needed a ride.
"They wanted to take her home," said Trinidad Cano, the girl's mother. "She said 'no, I don't talk to strangers' and they said 'come on, come on.'"
Cano is thankful her daughter remembered the right thing to do when confronted by a stranger.
"She said 'if you don’t leave I’m going to call the cops', and she ran home and called me."
No one exited the truck according to Austin Police Department, but the girl ran home and told her mother what happened.
People living at the Travis Park Apartments all received a letter from the property management informing them about the incident. The letter reminds parents to be very vigilant when allowing their children to walk to school and to arrange “walking buddies” for awhile.
The only description of the men was one middle-aged black man and one white man in his 20s.
Austin ISD did not send a letter to parents, but the district police department had a stepped up patrol presence around the campus on Tuesday.
The district also shared the following tips for AISD families:
· Use the buddy system. There is usually more safety for children in groups.
· When visiting or playing with friends, always make sure an adult knows where you are and carry your cell phone in case of an emergency.
· Immediately report any suspicious behavior to a school official, parent or trusted adult.
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