Superintendent: Dupo abduction scare false alarm

A scare about a reported abduction attempt Wednesday in Dupo turned out to be a false alarm.

District 196 Superintendent Stephen Smith said a police investigation into the case revealed that a person of interest interviewed by police was there to pick up his child. He started talking to some other kids while he was waiting and they got nervous and reported it.

“We’re glad this turned out to be a false alarm,” Smith said. “But it’s better safe than sorry. We can’t be too careful when it comes to the safety of students. We can’t approach things that way.”

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluffview Elementary School, according to police reports.

While all ended well, Smith said the scare can be a positive thing, reminding parents and students to know what to do to stay safe.

“It is a reminder that we need to be vigilant about the safety of children” Smith said. “It’s a reflection of the world we live in.”