Killeen ISD Issues Safety Alert to Students and Parents
The message above is an important one for all parents and students in Killeen, Texas.
We urge parents of students going to school in Killeen to click the "see more" link above and to read the entire safety notification from Killeen ISD. If you can not expand the post above, we have included its contents below.
Please share this information to make sure your friends and family remind their children to always to report to school officials or police immediately when there is any type of safety threat.
Our thanks to Killeen Police who have increased patrols in this area and who are keeping an eye out for our kids as they travel to and from school. We will continue to monitor developments from this story and will get an update out when more information is available.
PARENT ALERT: For the 2nd time today, a Gateway student has come forward and reported being followed by a man in a vehicle. This is a different suspect. A Gateway High School student reported today that when she was walking from the bus stop on Southern Belle Drive yesterday afternoon at 3:15, a black male driving a full-sized red pickup truck with a flatbed followed her, flashed money and asked her to get in the vehicle. Killeen ISD Police are on patrol in the area looking for the suspect.
Gateway High School Principal has made this new phone call to parents warning them about this second report. Here is the phone message script:
“This is Chris Halpayne, principal of Gateway High School, calling with additional important information regarding student safety. A Gateway High School student has now reported to school administrators that she too was followed by a man in a vehicle; a different man and vehicle from the incident I informed you about this morning. In this new case, a student reported today that she was walking from the bus stop on Southern Belle Drive in Killeen yesterday at 3:15 p.m. and was followed by a black male driving a full-sized red pickup truck with a flatbed. The student said the man had a dark complexion but there is no other information available regarding the man’s appearance. The suspect reportedly flashed money to the student and told her he would give her a ride. The student was not injured. Killeen ISD Police will be on patrol in the area this afternoon.
Again, please help us to keep students safe by asking children always to report to school officials or police immediately when there is any type of safety threat."