SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district sent a letter to parents on Friday regarding an attempted child abduction at Park Middle School.

The letter, signed by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, said:

I would like to alert you to the report of an attempted luring of one of our students that occurred this morning in the vicinity of Park Middle School A white male driving a black car approached a student who was on his way to school and asked him to get into his car. The student did not know the person adn wisely returned home to alert his parent, who then notified Park Middle School. The Scotch Plains Police are investigating. 

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As you know, your children's safety is our first priority and working together we can ensure that the safety of all our district's students. With this in mind, I ask you to take a moemnt to talk to your children about stranger awareness.

1. Remind children not to talk to strangers or to approach a strange car.

2. Children should walk to and from school with a buddy or in a group.

3. If a parent is late picking them up, they are to report to the school office and wait there for their ride to arrive. 

While we do not want to frighten the children, it is important to take the time now and periodically to remind them of ways to keep sage. Lastly, please remind them of how very special they are to all of us. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!


Margaret W. Hayes, Ed.D.

"We are looking at this as a suspicious incident because we don't know if there was malicious intent. There was no attempt to follow the boy or physically pull him into the car," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Conley. "The boy did the right thing in going home and alerting his parent."

If anyone has information about the incident, Chief Conley asks residents to please call Lt. Briel at (908) 322-7100 ext. 101.