Suspicious man approaches kid near school bus stop

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) A Natrona County School District parent reported a suspicious man following their kid Thursday around 8 a.m. in North Casper near Matthew Campfield Park.

Police were called shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday after a fight broke out on a Davenport school bus. Officials with the school tell TV6 that there was a fight on the bus and three students were removed by Davenport police. (MGN Image)

NCSD spokesperson Tanya Southerland said the child is safe. Casper Police Department spokesperson Rebekah Ladd said the investigation is ongoing.

Southerland said the district is glad the parent called and reported the incident. It allowed NCSD to get the word out so other parents could make decisions in their kids’ best interest. It also allowed them to talk with their kids about staying safe.

Both Southerland and Ladd said there are a number of things parents can do to keep their kids safe around the bus stop.

“A great place to start is for parents or guardians to actually have a conversation with their kids and go out and walk the route that the child’s going to be walking in the morning,” Ladd said. “Make sure both the parent and the child know exactly the path that child’s going to take. That way you know where your kid is really at any given time and the child is really familiar with the path that they take everyday to and from the bus.”

She said parents should have conversations about safety throughout the year, not only the beginning and end.

“Make sure that they’re being aware and what is suspicious activity,” Ladd said. “Don’t be looking down at your phone when you're waking to the school bus, make sure you’re being careful, make sure maybe you have some sort of light object if it’s dark outside when you’re talking.”

Southerland said police are also routinely monitoring bus stops during drop-off and pick-up hours.