On Thursday, an unidentified man walked on to the McDavid-Jones Elementary School campus pretending to be a school official. The man attempted to kidnap three different students, but each time the children ran away. The man eventually fled the campus in a green, older model jeep. The suspect has been identified as a white male.
Citronelle police received several tips after the story was aired on the news Thursday night. They are investigating several leads, and have a few suspects in mind already. One of them is a registered sex offender. The suspects will all be located and interrogated in the coming days.
This case once again proves how important it is to teach young children not to talk to strangers. Schools can be a particularly dangerous place for kidnapping, especially around pick up and drop off time. With so many kids coming and going, it is hard for teachers to keep track of all students and make sure they go with their real parents.
Following the incident, other schools in the area were notified of the potential danger. Extra patrols were added to McDavid-Jones Elementary according to Local 15 News. Parents in the Citronelle and surrounding areas should be extra cautious in the coming weeks until an arrest has been made.