Sixth grader’s attempted abduction near Northgate Middle School revealed to be a hoax

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities were investigating a reported attempted abduction that occurred near a middle school in Clay County Tuesday morning. Late Tuesday evening the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the report is a hoax:

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office originally said a sixth grade female student was walking to Northgate Middle School when a man pulled up in a gray van and approached her around 11 a.m. in the 4700 block of N. Brooklyn Avenue, not far from the school.

The Sheriff’s Office provided extra patrols in the area before and after school, and encouraged students to walk in groups and report any suspicious activity.

While this report was determined to be false, the school did notify parents via email and phone when it was believed to be true, and the message is still sound advice:

Good afternoon,

I am calling to make you aware of an incident that was recently reported to us. Clay County police notified us that they received a report of a male wearing a hoodie with the hood on, driving a grey mini-van that grabbed a female student walking to school on Brooklyn St. near Northgate.  The student did make it to school safely.  This happened around 11:30 this morning.  If you see a driver and vehicle  matching this description, please notify the police.

Please take a moment to revisit these important safety measures with your child if they wait at bus stops, bike or walk to school:

  • Never walk alone.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Stay away from strange vehicles.
  • Run if you sense danger. Yell for help.
  • Tell an adult or someone you trust if you are approached.
  • Call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
  • Tell the police as many details as possible about the person and/or vehicle, including the license plate number.
  • Notify the school.

Working together we can all ensure the safety of our community and keep all of our children safe. Thank you for your continued vigilance.

Respectfully,
Principal PJ McGinnis