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Flat Rock-Hawcreek Schools and Hope police are at high alert following a reported attempted abduction of a Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School student Wednesday morning.

The seventh-grade boy was waiting for his school bus near Seminary and Maple streets when a man driving a black sport utility vehicle with tinted windows pulled up next to him, interim Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent said.

Officers were out in force Thursday morning at major bus stops, and Tallent said he noticed more students being driven to school by their parents.

In a voice mail and email notification sent out to parents, Flat Rock-Hawcreek Superintendent Kathy Griffey said the student made a great decision to run from the bus stop.

When a man in the vehicle cracked his window and used an obscenity and gruff sternness to order the youngster to get inside, the boy ran four blocks north toward the Town Square and notified his mother of the incident from a telephone in Cornett’s Corner Cafe.

“Please be aware of this potential threat at the bus stops in your area this evening and for the next several days,” the notification read.

It listed several safety tips, advising children not to report to the bus stop too early and to stay in groups.

Griffey said the school is taking extra safety precautions by staying in touch with the Hope Police Department and watching for suspicious vehicles. Additional staff and law enforcement will also be visible near the school for the next several days.

Tallent said the boy was driven around Hope for a second time Wednesday evening in hopes of spotting the vehicle, but police have no new information about the case.

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