Letter from the Principal: December 15, 2016

Dear Bear Branch Parents,

I want to make you aware of an incident that was reported to us today. Yesterday, December 14, at approximately 3:45 p.m. a 5th grader was walking home on Cedar Knolls. A man in a gray car stopped the boy and told him that his mother had been in a wreck and she was at the hospital, and that he would take him to the hospital. The boy ran away on the greenbelt and hid behind a house. The man did not follow him.

The man is described as Hispanic with a heavy accent, about 50 years old, with short brown hair, a thin build and about 6 feet tall. The car is described as a newer model, gray, possibly a Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla with a loud muffler. A report was made to both Humble ISD Police and Houston Police. If you have information about this man to share with Humble ISD Police, the case # is 20161205.

Humble ISD Police will have extra patrols in the area near our school during dismissal time.

This is a good opportunity to emphasize the following safety tips with your family members:
  • Walk to and from school in groups.
  • If anything unusual occurs, tell an adult immediately. Time can be critical.
  • Never talk to strangers or accept rides from them, even if you are stranded. Call a trusted adult for transportation.
  • Be proactive: tour your neighborhood to identify safe and dangerous circumstances and places. Arrange for immediate access to neighbors or other trusted adults who could be contacted in an emergency.
  • Don’t panic. If you are afraid or have a problem, call a parent or a trusted adult.
  • Never tell someone at your door, on your phone, or online that you are home alone.
  • Keep your house key hidden. Don’t give it to anyone and don’t keep it in a visible place that would tell people you are going home to an empty house.
  • Never get into a car, enter a home, look for a lost pet or person, or accept food or items from an adult, unless your parents know what you are doing or have identified that person as a trusted emergency contact.
  • Tell a trusted adult – parent, teacher or counselor – if anyone ever makes you feel uncomfortable. When children are abused, it often is by someone they know.
Thank you for discussing these important points with your child.

Kakie Palmer, Principal
Bear Branch Elementary School