10-year-old recants kidnapping claim
Polk County Enterprise - January 2008
LIVINGSTON — A 10-year-old female student at Livingston Intermediate School will be referred to juvenile probation officials after filing a false claim about an attempted abduction, police say.
The report that an unauthorized adult male entered the LISD campus as classes were dismissing Monday and attempted to abduct the young girl prompted school officials to tighten security and frightened parents.
Investigation by police and school officials revealed the report was false, Livingston Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Parish said.
Campus resource officer Marty Drake reviewed security video of the campus and could find no evidence to corroborate the child’s story, Parish said.
Officers had arrested the man she described on other unrelated traffic charges during the investigation and the child told officers she did not know the man.
The child later admitted that she made the report to retaliate for a verbal altercation that took place away from school property. a couple of days prior to her report
“As you know we take every report of this nature very seriously and work hard to make our campus security as thorough and stringent as possible,” Superintendent Darrell Myers said.
“We apologize for any heightened concern caused by this event, but we also know that our community expects us to respond quickly to any and all reports such as this. Thank you for your patience and your commitment to our schools and student safety,” Myers said.