Friday after school, instead of taking the bus home, my 14 year old son walked from school to go over to his friends house that lives in town. We were well aware that he would be going there, and he has done that before without any problems.
While he was walking on the sidewalk on one side of the street, a couple of kids were on the other side of the street walking as well. About 2 blocks from the school an older model blue car pulled up and a man inside of it pulled up to the curb and rolled down the window near the sidewalk my son was walking on.
The man leaned over towards the window and said to my son "would you like a ride that book bag looks heavy?". My son replied "no thank you, I am almost there". The man then said "come on in, it's warm in here and a little chilly outside, it's okay, I am a trustworthy person". My son said "no thanks, I do not know you and besides I am dressed warm enough". The man started to get out, and noticed the kids across the street look at him, so he hesitated. When my son saw him get out of the car he took out his cell phone, speed dialed his dad and ran off the sidewalk through someones yard and another 2 blocks to his friends house.
The kids across the street then said the man got back in his car and left.
We reported this to the police, but they could not find this blue car.
Now maybe it was all innocent, or maybe it was not. But to all adults out there, do not offer a ride to someone's child without the parent of that child and the child himself knowing about it first.
Myself, I think this man had ulterior motives offering my son a ride when he said nothing to the kids across the street which was comprised of 2 girls and 2 boys.
To all the kids here, just stay alert be aware of cars driving slow when you are walking anywhere.
I think Friday I aged another 10 years when I found all this out!!