City to parents: Remember to teach ‘stranger danger’ to kids

Police are reminding parents to be vigilant about the presence of strangers after a child was possibly lured from a group by a suspicious person recently in Durango.

A 5-year-old child has given inconsistent information about an incident that may or may not have happened during a Gametime activity at Folsom Park, said Lt. Ray Shupe, spokesman for the Durango Police Department.

Gametime is an after-school and summertime program for children put on by the city’s Parks and Recreation department.

The city issued a letter to Gametime parents notifying them that a potential suspicious person attempted to make contact with a child.

It is unknown when or where the alleged incident occurred, Shupe said. It is not believed there was any physical contact with the child, he said.

The department is working with La Plata County’s Human Services Department to help interview the child.

“We’re investigating, but it’s difficult because of the age of the child and the inconsistencies with the story,” Shupe said.

Cathy Metz, director of Parks and Recreation, said Gametime staffers work hard and are attentive to make sure all children are safe and enjoying their activities.

Parents are reminded to review “Stranger Danger” rules with their children. Rules include never taking rides from strangers, never taking gifts from strangers, going straight home after school and never opening the door to a stranger.

“We want to be vigilant and make sure that we don’t have a sexual predator out there,” Shupe said.

shane@durangoherald.com