The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township decided to send a phone alert to families and staff after a rise in criminal activity on the near north side.
The alert included an automated phone call Wednesday night. On Thursday, letters will go home to families with all elementary and middle school students. An email will go to all North Central High School families while the message will also be posted on the district’s website and social media channels.
While none of the recent crimes happened on school property or involved Washington Township students or staff, Superintendent Dr. Nikki Woodson said she believed the alert is warranted. Woodson has students in the school system.
In one incident, an adult approached children from a car and tried to get their attention by throwing money to them. In another case, a suspicious person on a scooter claimed he needed help from school children. Both incidents happened near bus stops and were reported to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The district is asking everyone in the community to stay extra vigilant, encouraging them to follow the guideline of “see something, say something.” Police have stepped up patrols in the community and bus drivers have been instructed to report anything out of the ordinary.