San Diego

Child Luring Incident at Santee School Prompts Increased Sheriff's Presence

There will be an increased deputy presence at a Santee school this week following an attempted child luring at the school last week, a district official said.

On Tuesday, as the middle school student was walking home from Pepper Drive School, a man approached her and offered her a ride, the Santee School District said in a letter sent home to parents last Wednesday.

The letter was sent out after the student reported the incident to school officials, superintendent Kristin Baranski told NBC 7.

The student told school officials the man was driving a small, white car full of clothes, trash and debris, the district said.

The letter reminded parents to make sure if their children walk to and from school to walk in groups, and if approached by a stranger to go to a safe place and report the incident to a parent, a school official or the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department is actively investigating the case, the district said but sheriff's officials have not responded to NBC 7's request for comments.

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