Safe Family: Stranger Danger

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

HOWE, Tex. ― A Howe family dealt with a scary situation earlier this week when a stranger pulled up and offered the kids candy. Fortunately, the oldest child knew what to do and ran and told his grandmother, and the suspect left. The 8-year-old learned about ‘stranger danger’ at his Cub Scout troop and from his parents. Josh Stevenson has more on stranger danger in today’s Safe Family report.

Becky Brussow, a mother in Howe, Texas, says someone tried to lure her children way this week with candy. It’s scary for any parent, especially with Halloween just a week away.

"A Jeep pulled up with a woman driving and a male passenger and the man asked the kids if they wanted some candy," Brussow says.

It’s every parent’s worse nightmare― a stranger trying to lure your kids into a vehicle.

Brussow, a mother of four, talked to her kids about strangers, and they knew exactly what to do.

"My 8-year-old immediately said ‘no’ and started running towards the house."

Talking to your kids about what to do when approached by a stranger can make all the difference if they are ever in harm’s way, but Becky says hearing about stranger danger from many different sources makes a difference.

"We talk about it at home, but because it also comes from their schools, from the police department, and from Cub Scouts. It’s really ingrained in them."

Howe Police Chief John Cherry often talks with Scouts and school kids about stranger danger, but regardless of the source, the message is always the same.

"They need to tell their kids if its somebody that they don’t know that’s offering them anything, or telling them that their mom needs them, or anything like that, if its someone they don’t know, run away, tell an adult, tell someone," Cherry says.

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