Cops hold man who lured schoolchildren to his house
BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter email@example.com
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A man who police believe has been using his home to lure children away from school was apprehended during an operation in Kingston on Tuesday.
Police said seven male students from two high schools where removed from the house on Norman Road and taken to the Elletson Road Police Station.
[Hide Description] Parents wait at the Elletson Road Police Station to pick up their children after they were alerted by the police that the kids were found at the home of a man in Kingston during school hours.
Their parents were called.
“The explanation that the man gave us was that he was operating a game shop at his home,” said Inspector Tommilee Chambers from the Community Safety and Security Department.
However, the police said that they are checking whether there was more to the story than the man had disclosed.
The police also said that he was warned for prosecution and could be charged by today.
On Tuesday, parents and guardians who turned up at the police station to pick up their children were visibly in shock.
“All now I can’t believe this. I have been sending my child to school only to get a call from the police that he was picked up at the home of a stranger,” said one distraught mother.
Another woman said she was informed by school officials that her son had been absent from school for over a month.
“This is really frightening to know that I sent my child to school and for more than a month he has not been consistently going to school,” said the mother who asked not to be named.
However, the police scolded her for bad parenting and used the opportunity to appeal to parents in general to play a greater role in monitoring their children.
The development comes days after the Jamaica Observer reported that scores of students from several schools were loitering after school at the Half-Way-Tree-Transportation Centre and participating in a number of illegal activities.
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