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Parents on alert about stranger approaching kids outside Ruby Thomas


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Parents on alert about stranger approaching kids outside Ruby Thomas

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Nov 14, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Kids outside of a valley elementary school say a stranger on the street put his hands on them. According to a letter that went home with parents, the incident happened on Wednesday morning while the children were walking to class. 

Ruby Thomas School reports that two of its students were approached by an adult  male while they were walking to school. It happened on Algonquin near Cherokee Lane, roughly a half a block away from the campus. According to campus police, the man shook the kids' hands and squeezed their shoulders, like he was giving them hugs.

"It's pretty scary," says parent Jammie Branch. "A lot of [kids] have to walk alone because their parents are working."

Officials confirm that the school has sent out three letter since the start of the year, reporting situations where students have been approached by strangers. A representative with the Clark County School District Police Department says that earlier this week, there was another encounter between a student and a stranger outside of the school. A letter has not been sent to parents about that particular incident.

The school tells Action News it did away with transportation for the majority of its students at the start of this school year. Buses are only utilized for students with special needs.

Since the change, parents say a lot of students are now forced to walk to school. "It's not safe," says Branch. "I see little, tiny kindergartners walking around."

Other parents we talked to say it's not worth the risk. They drive their children to campus. "They're kids and they're our responsibilities," says one father.

It's still unknown if the same man is behind all the encounters with the children. Police describe that man from the most recent incident as a white man in his thirties. Anyone with more information is asked to call Metro's Crimes Against Youth & Family Bureau at 828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.