INDIANAPOLIS — A student waiting at his school bus stop on Thursday morning was robbed by an unknown gunman who jumped out of a passing car, WISH-TV reports.
The suspect ordered the 13-year-old boy to empty his pockets and took his backpack. He then got back in the car, which had another man inside, and drove off, according to the news source. There were no cameras in the area or witnesses, but a nearby resident later helped the boy contact his parents, WISH-TV reports.
In response to the incident, Indianapolis Public Schools increased patrols around the bus stops in the area. The school bus will start picking up the victim and dropping him off in front of his house as a safety precaution. The boy’s parents credited the district for responding quickly to the situation, according to the news source.
The district also released several safety tips for parents and their children, such as advising parents to walk with young children to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives; recommending they stay in well-lit areas; and advising children to run to a neighborhood home for help if someone approaches them in a threatening manner, the news source reports.
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