Washington Township schools issue community safety alert
Families, staff should increase vigilance
Last Updated: 39 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A community safety alert has been issued for Thursday to increase vigilance in neighborhoods, homes and around school bus stops.
The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township issued the first alert at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening through the "all call" phone system.
School officials said the recent rise of criminal activity on the city’s north side has prompted officials to send out the alert.
"As a parent, I feel that the more information that I have, the better I can protect my children," said Superintendent Nikki Woodson, who is also a parent of elementary age students in Washington Township. "I want for all parents to have the same information that I have, to give them the best defense possible against the senseless crimes taking place in our community."
Officials said none of the recent crimes have occurred on school property or involve district students directly, but the district feels strongly that the community should be aware and increase community-wide safety.
MSDWT spokeswoman Ellen Rodgers said the alert comes after recent home robberies in the area and two bus stop incidents in recent days.
One incident happened near 64th Street and Hoover Road and the second incident happened near 70th Street and Caroline Avenue.
One incident involved a suspicious adult male who approached students and tossed money out of a car to allegedly get the kids to come closer, Rodgers said. The other incident involved a male on a scooter who claimed to need help, officials said.
No students were hurt, but officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating.
Washington Township families and staff received the automated phone call Wednesday night. A letter will go home with families with elementary and middle school students on Thursday.
An email will be sent to all North Central High School families on Thursday.
Mobile users view letter here -- http://bit.ly/HfThwo
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