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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

A kidnapping scare involving two Peebles Elementary School students prompted Killeen Independent School District officials to send letters to parents Tuesday cautioning children to be safe.

Two Peebles students reported being asked by a man and a woman to get in a red truck Monday while on the way to school. The children refused and arrived at school unharmed, officials said.

Administrators at Peebles sent a letter home to parents Tuesday informing them about the attempt and urging them to talk with their children about strangers.

"What we want parents to talk about is to let kids know that they always need to be aware of what's going on around them. If they are walking to or from school and see a car either following them or slowing down, they need to get to a safe place quickly," KISD spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said.

The letter also urged parents to tell their children how to respond when approached by a loose dog after a pit bull reportedly was harassing students on the way to school Monday.

The letter warned that children are walking to school in the dark hours of morning since daylight saving time began Sunday and children need to be more careful than normal.

"You don't want to frighten them, but you want kids to always be aware of what's going on and parents to be open with kids so they are safe," Gilmore said.

Contact Victor O'Brien at vobrien@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468.

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