Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School placed on lockdown after attempted abduction

INDIANAPOLIS - Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School was put on lockdown Tuesday after a student reported an attempted abduction while walking to school.

Greg Otolski, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, said that an eighth-grade male student claimed the incident happened just before 8 a.m. near 57th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just a block away from the school.

The student said a white van pulled up with three masked people inside. They pulled him inside the van, but he was able to escape.

"He gave a very basic description, and he was pretty upset," said Metro police spokeswoman Linda Jackson. "What we got was three individuals -- I don't have a race, I do have male. And they were all wearing ski masks. That being said, there's not much of a description."

School officials said they have notified police and they placed the school on lockdown as a precaution.

The school plans to be on lockdown Wednesday and alerts were sent to parents.

"The school is pretty on top of it," said parent Mike Sylvia. "I got a voicemail on my cellphone and a message at home as well, plus several emails from both my kids' teachers and the principal."

The student was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but police said he was not injured.

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