FORT MILL, S.C. (WBTV) – A principal in York County has sent a letter to parents warning that a man attempted to abducted two boys who were walking to school early Monday morning. According to the letter from the principal at Pleasant Knoll Elementary School, both boys were able to run back to their houses safely.
The York County Sheriff’s Office says the boys, ages 7 and 11, were walking to school on Whitley Road when they say a man wearing a dark grey hoodie sweatshirt, and dark pants walked out of the woods holding a knife in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other hand. He then reportedly said something like “come here boy” to the boys.
Family members told WBTV the boys are cousins.
The older boy says he told the 7-year-old to run and the pair ran up a hill away from the person. When they realized they were not being chased, they walked home to tell their parents what happened.
Pleasant Knoll Elementary School was temporarily placed on an “exterior lockdown,” meaning students were kept inside for the day and all exterior doors remain locked. According to the letter, recess or any other planned outside activity are the only things affected.
Grey Young, the school’s principal, says the lockdown is “strictly a precautionary measure” to ensure the safety of PKES students and staff.
“We ask that parents use this event to speak with your children about the right thing to do in these type of situations,” Young said in the letter. “We appreciate your support and cooperation.”