Manhattan Student Offered Ride Home By Strange Man

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW)-- USD 383 officials and the Riley County Police Department are encouraging parents to speak with their children about safety precautions after a child was reportedly approached by a man in a truck near her bus stop in the northwest part of town.

The incident happened on Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on Everett Road in the Bergman area and officials say a little girl, a student at Bergman Elementary School, was offered a ride home after she got off a bus. The only description provided to authorities was that of a "young white male" (possibly in his early 20's) in a black or blue mid-sized truck.

As the girl was walking home, the man reportedly stopped, opened the passenger door and asked if she wanted a ride. She said “no” and ran home and he left the area. The incident was reported to Riley County police. A spokesman referred to the encounter as "suspicious."

A notice went out to all parents in the school district, asking them to talk to their kids about “stranger danger.”

Officials encouraged parents to continually speak with their children about safe pedestrian habits while walking anywhere in the community.

“It is always best to walk with another individual, and to always be aware of your surroundings, and know where you may find assistance,” the notice stated.