FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - "Our Detectives have determined that this was a parent attempting to pick up their own children and were unfamiliar with the pick-up process," Lt. Phil Rizzo said in a statement. "There was no danger to the school or students."
A man and women tried to pick up two kids at Pine Grove Manor School at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 27 and were denied access to the two students they were trying to take home, according to police.
A school employee did not recognize the couple and told them to get approval from the main office at the school, police say. As directed the individuals parked their vehicle and walked to the office, police say.
A short time later, the couple left without the two students without incident.
According to police, the Franklin Township Police Department (FTPD) was alerted Nov. 28 at approximately 4 p.m. regarding the incident.
"At this time it appears this incident may have been a simple miscommunication in the pick-up process of the school however the Franklin Police Department is investigating all possible leads to ensure the safety and security of the students," Lt. Phil Rizzo said in a statement.
The FTPD is urging parents to review pick-up and drop off procedures with their children for their school.
"Additionally, we ask that everyone stay vigilant when it comes to suspicious activities or individuals," Rizzo said in a statement. "If you see something suspicious, contact the police immediately."
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect new information provided by the police department.
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