Students get safety lesson after stranger picks up boy on way home from school

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By Liz Gelardi

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2014) - A room full of energetic students learned valuable safety tips from police officers.

The lesson comes after a student at Sense Charter School was forced into a stranger's car on his way home from school. The student, 11-year-old, George Boyd, was able to fight off his alleged abductor.

IMPD held assemblies for all 480 of the K-8 students at the school. Police are encouraging parents to talk with their kids about staying safe on their way to or from school.

Officers said kids should walk in groups or with an adult. They told kids to stay on the sidewalk and never walk through an alley. The 11-year-old was picked up while taking a shortcut through an alley. Police also ask parents to know their child's route and set a time that child is expected to return home.

"We knew that we needed to make sure that our students were as well informed as possible so that if something were to happen like this again they knew exactly what to do," said Amie Bowman, Assistant Principal for Sense Charter.

No arrests have been made in the abduction case. Officers have stepped up their patrols in the area since the incident. The school is sending teachers out into the neighborhood to watch kids when they walk home.

Police do not know the make or model of the vehicle. It is described as a white four door car with front end damage and a silver stripe on the trunk. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.