Following a man’s attempt to lure a high school student into a car, parents in Santa Clarita were warned to be on alert Friday.
The female student was walking near Newhall Park, next to Hart High School where she attends, when a man in his mid 40s pulled up to her on Thursday and offered her a ride.
When the student said no, the man took off in the car.
The student, who had finished with classes for the day, ran back to the school after the encounter and told officials. Authorities were notified immediately, said William S. Hart Union High School District spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.
Hart High School and Placerita Jr. High School sent out notices to parents after the incident, which took place in broad daylight around 1 p.m.
Authorities said a school deputy would be on site at the high school as usual, but indicated that there would be no stepped up patrols.
There were no new developments in the case by Friday morning.
The full message, sent to Hart District parents around 2 p.m. via phone and email:
"Good afternoon. This is Collyn Nielsen, principal of Hart High School, with some very important information. We received word this afternoon that a female student was approached on the way home today by a white male with light curly/wavy hair in a gray older model car. He unsuccessfully tried to lure her into his car. Our student is home safe with her parents. This took place near Newhall Park on Dalbey Avenue. The Sheriff's Department has been notified and is investigating. Please share this with your students and advise them to not travel alone to and from school, if possible, and to be aware of their surroundings."