Possible abduction attempt at San Leandro school


A second grade student at Thomas Jefferson Elementary reported earlier this week that someone tried to grab him from behind during a visit to the restroom.

The school is under scrutiny for failing to notify police and for how it informed parents. Parents only learned about the incident Thursday night from a recorded phone message.

"Earlier this week, there was an incident where a second-grade student went to the restroom during class time. Upon exiting the restroom, the student was grabbed from behind and a hand was placed over his mouth. The child was able to get loose," the message said.

Parent Melody Clem heard the message on her cell phone Friday morning. "There was some detail to it, but it didn't give enough information," she said.

According to the call, the incident happened near the end of the school day Tuesday, when the second grader went to the restroom during a computer class.

Police only learned about the incident Friday morning and sent a detective to the school to investigate.

"We're going to find out exactly if it was an attempted abduction or if it was another student just playing around with a younger student," Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

Parent Michael Alexander said he's lived in San Leandro for just three weeks, but already has concerns about safety at Thomas Jefferson.

"I came to pick up my daughter for the first time and I walked all the way to the middle of the playground, and no heads turned whatsoever. I just felt like it was too lax," he said.

The original robo message told parents if they wanted more information they could attend a meeting at the school with the principal next Friday. But that meeting has now been moved up to Monday night.

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