Kidnap attempt thwarted

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Williston school children snatched, then released

By The Staff

Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants

and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

The students were placed in a red and white truck and after a short trip across campus, the man had them leave the vehicle and stand by the road.

At that time, a school employee saw the students and brought them back to campus.

The school was immediately placed on lock down for the safety and security of students and staff. A head count of all students was immediately initiated and they were all accounted for at the time.

After confirming with police that the school was in lock down, Maggie Crane, a parent of an elementary school student, went to the school. She said law enforcement officers were standing outside the doors.

A voice came over the loud speakers, Crane said, asking teachers to take roll call. Doors were locked and blinds closed, she said.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Williston Police Department are jointly conducting an investigation into the incident. The School Board and school officials are taking measures to ensure the safety and security of all students.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.