ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - Parents in Ellisville on are high alert after a suspicious run-in at a bus stop.
The incident occurred Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of Hummingbird Hill Drive.
Police said a fourth grader was waiting for the bus when a woman in a white minivan asked her if she wanted a ride. The woman returned to the bus stop two additional times, so the child ran home and told her mother.
Ellisville police are increasing patrols in the area during student pick-up and drop off times. They're encouraging parents to talk to their kids about the importance of staying away from strangers and alerting them if something like this occurs.
The mother of the little girl says her daughter has been learning about "stranger danger" since she was a little girl and those lesson may have saved her life.
The Rockwood School District sent a letter home to parents warning them about the incident. District spokesperson Kim Cranston says teachers and counselors talk to their students about this type of situation year-round.
"That's what we encourage parents to do is to use this as a teachable moment to remind your child and we'll reinforce that in the classroom."