COVINGTON, VA (LOOTPRESS) – Police have issued a reminder to the public after a stranger offered a kid a ride to school this morning.
According to the Covington Police Department, on Monday, February 12, 2024, at approximately 08:07 AM, the Covington Division of Police was notified by Covington Middle School Officials that a student who was walking to school on S. Highland Ave. had a stranger stop in a vehicle and tell the student to get in the car.
The student did not know who the driver was and ran from the vehicle.
Once the student arrived at the school, they reported the interaction to a faculty member.
Officers were immediately contacted and were able to get a basic description of the vehicle and driver and began to canvass the area where the incident took place.
Within a short period of time from the initial report, officers were able to identify the vehicle and driver.
It was discovered that the driver was just offering the child a ride to school because of the inclement weather and did not have any other intentions, according to police.
“Although the driver was just being neighborly, we do not recommend that any person offer a ride to a child they do not know. I would like to commend the student for their actions. We teach our youth to not talk to strangers or get into a stranger’s vehicle,” said Covington Police Chief Christopher Smith.
“The youth did exactly as they were taught. Once the student arrived at school, they contacted a trusted adult and reported the incident.”
At this time the Covington Division of Police is no longer investigating this matter.
“We commend the CMS administration for promptly coordinating this investigation through the Covington Division of Police. We also applaud the student for reporting this incident to the CMS administration. It takes a community effort to keep our schools safe,” said Kim Halterman and Melinda Snead-Johnson, leaders of AHPS.