Overland Park police investigating attempted kidnapping near Pawnee Elementary

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Parents and neighbors are on alert after a possible attempted kidnapping of a student near Pawnee Elementary School.

The incident was reported Monday afternoon around 3:40 p.m.

According to Overland park police, a 9-year-old student claims he was trying to catch up to some of his friends near the school when he saw someone in a white vehicle try to coax him inside. Investigators said the drive told the student that he knew the boy’s father. The child then told officers that the man pulled a gun and told him to get into the car. The child refused, and was able to get away and back to school where someone called police.

“That’s a scary thing. I’m just really surprised. This is a great neighborhood,” said Jeanene Elsas, who lives nearby.

Parents said the possible incident is sparking another family discussion about strangers and school safety.

“I’m scared, really scared. I [pick him up] usually every day. Yes, I prefer to, I don’t want him to walk,” said parent of a Pawnee student, Laura Franco.

Police said they are still investigating the boy’s account of the events and working to locate any nearby surveillance video, but so far said cameras did not capture the incident.

A spokesperson with the Shawnee Mission School District also said they are also launching their own investigation.

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