From the heartland — Michigan’s Newaygo Public Schools — comes a warning that’s scary.
But probably not the way it was intended to be:
Dear Parent: This morning, near 95th & Clay Street, some students and an adult reported a suspicious vehicle near one of the bus stops. The vehicle is described as a white “rusty” minivan that slowed down and stopped near some students. We do not have evidence that the driver of this white minivan interacted with students. We did have students and another adult concerned about the presence of this vehicle, however, and subsequently filed a report with the State Police. The purpose of this letter is not to alarm people, but to advise adults to remind their students of the importance of being aware of their surroundings and not to engage in conversation with strangers. I thank you in advance for your assistance in protecting our students. If you have any further questions, please contact me at 231-652-6984, ext. 8565. With Pride and Respect, Peggy A. Mathis Superintendent
Not that I am on the side of predators, but I do have one piece of advice for anyone contemplating that career: Get a different color van.
Seriously. It’ll just make your life a little easier. – L.