Parents react to scare involving Tarkanian Middle School student; men in vehicle followed student

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Parents and guardians who have children who attend Tarkanian Middle School were on edge Thursday. This after 8 News NOW discovered Wednesday night that a sixth grader was reportedly followed by a group of men while walking to school.

Tarkanian Middle School is located on Pyle Avenue near Jones and Cactus.

The student was able to make it to school safely, which is when she told authorities what happened, but the child was understandably shaken up.

With that said she was able to describe the suspicious vehicle to Clark County School District Police and Metro Police.

In a letter sent home to parents, the car in question is described as a white pick-up truck with a camper and tinted windows.  The girl’s mother posted a picture of a similar vehicle on social media.  

She said her daughter called her as she was being followed at the intersection of W. Cactus Avenue and S. Jones Boulevard, which is less than a mile away from the campus.

At one point, she says her daughter told her four men wearing blue jeans and red hoodies got down with a bat or some kind of pole, and that’s when her daughter took off running as fast as she could to the school.

The suspicious vehicle reportedly turned in another direction and drove off.

One parent 8 News NOW spoke with Thursday didn’t seem to be too surprised this happened.

“It’s so many people doing different things nowadays, it’s really not shocking,” said Freddie Gavin, parent.  “I hate to say it because a lot of times stuff like this is becoming common, and you know — you just gotta be vigilant as a parent, and you gotta tell your child to do the same thing.”

The school’s staff wants to urge parents to talk to their kids and remind them of things like walking in groups, never taking rides from a stranger, and never giving out their personal information.

Metro Police are leading the investigation because it happened off campus.
There’s still no word on a suspect description.

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