A Warren girl is being credited for doing the right thing when she was approached by someone she didn’t know. It’s an important lesson about strangers that parents should teach their kids.
“We prefer to err on the side of caution. We just don’t know,” said Jim Wilkins, director of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.
An 11-year-old girl stuck to her instincts, running into the library on Wednesday after she said a man came up to her. The man offered the girl “smiley” stickers and was “extremely persistent,” according to a police report.
She told a library security guard that the man approached her and other children.
“It could have been innocent. He could have been asking directions, we didn’t know so we just said, ‘Let’s be on the safe side,'” Wilkins said.
“We appreciate the fact that the employees at the library came forward and reported this incident to the police department, helped go out in the parking lot, get a license plate for the vehicle and helped us do some follow-up on our end,” said Warren Police Lt. Bryan Holmes.
Investigators looked into what happened and said nothing criminal was going on.
“Thankfully, this time, nothing there. It was perfectly innocent from what we’ve heard,” Wilkins said.
Police said both the library staff and the child did the right thing. They stressed how important it is to educate your kids on how to handle a situation like this.
“An important lesson to teach all our children is to be aware of their surroundings so that they can be safe,” Holmes said.
The mother of the girl said she was proud of her daughter for trusting her gut.