Going To And From School More Safely


Millions of kids ride a bike, take the bus or walk to school every day. Help get them to and from school more safely by following this checklist.

Review the four rules of personal safety with your children.  Remind them to:

  1. Check first with you or the adult in charge before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything or getting into a car.
  2. Take a friend when going places or playing outside.
  3. Tell people “NO” if they try to touch you or hurt you.  It’s OK for you to stand up for yourself.
  4. Tell a trusted adult if anything makes you feel sad, scared or confused.

Walk the route to and from school with them pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they need help.  Tell them not to take shortcuts and to stay in well-lit areas.

If your younger children take the bus, wait with them or make sure they’re supervised by someone you trust at the bus stop.

Teach your children to recognize the tricks someone may use to abduct them such as asking for help or offering them a ride.  Tell them to never approach a car without getting your permission first.

Encourage your children to kick, scream and make a scene if anyone tries to take them.

Instruct your children to get away as quickly as possible if someone is following them.  If they are being followed by someone in a car, teach them to walk in the opposite direction from the one in which the car is driving.

Be sure your children’s school has up-to-date emergency contact information.  Learn about their pick-up procedures so only those you’ve authorized can pick up your children.

Make sure your children know how to contact you in case of an emergency.

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Reduced Bond For “Child Abuse”

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Richard Hayes Jackson

Judge cuts bail in Eugene Child Abuse case

Eugene, Oregon  –  A judge on Friday drastically reduced bail for a longtime Eugene insurance agent charged with repeated sexual abuse of a child.

After hearing attorneys’ arguments in Richard Hayes Jackson’s felony case, Lane County Circuit Judge Maurice Merten agreed to cut Jackson’s bail from $3.75 million to $1.5 million.  Jackson would need to pay $150,000 to be released from the Lane County Jail.

Jackson, 61, was arrested and charged in early December with 15 offenses including five counts each of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.

He would be sentenced to a mandatory prison term if convicted of any of the charges.

Authorities allege the abuse occurred between 2000 and 2007, beginning when the victim was under 12 years old.

Eight of Jackson’s 12 children attended his bail-r­eduction hearing, along with an attorney representing the female victim.  The lawyer, Erin Olson of Salem, told Merten that the eight children “are uniformly aligned in opposition of (Jackson’s) release.”

“They do have legitimate fears if he is released about what he might do,” Olson said.

Jackson’s wife of 45 years, however, supported the bail-reduction request, defense attorney George Derr said.  The woman waited outside the courtroom during Friday’s hearing.  Court records show that she filed for divorce from Jackson soon after his arrest.  The divorce was finalized this week.

Derr argued strenuously in court in favor of reducing Jackson’s bail. He said Jackson has already admitted to having abused the girl multiple times but has no other criminal history and has not been accused of committing crimes against any other victim.  Jackson surrendered his passport to Eugene police prior to his arrest and is not a risk of fleeing the area if he is able to post bail, Derr said.

The lawyer added that Jackson could easily have fled Eugene before his arrest, but instead cooperated with investigators.

“He could have put himself on a plane and flown himself to Cambodia, and we wouldn’t be here right now,” Derr told Merten.

Although Jackson has admitted criminal conduct, he disputes some of the victim’s allegations regarding the frequency and type of abuse that occurred, Derr said.

One of Jackson’s sons, Eugene attorney Isaac Jackson, last month posted a public letter to his Facebook page saying his father only confessed his misdeeds because the victim had confronted him. Isaac Jackson wrote that his father had tried to persuade relatives to keep his admissions secret.

In court, prosecutor Bob Lane on Friday told Merten that Jackson’s confession came “when he felt the noose tighten around his neck.” Jackson’s children, Lane added, “feel they’ve been living a life of fraud.”

Richard Jackson opened his insurance agency in 1992 with an office on River Road.  His website called him the “most beloved agent in town.”

Derr said his client’s release from the Lane County Jail would allow Jackson to finalize his agency’s closure, undergo left-knee surgery and a psychosexual evaluation, and take care of personal matters related to the divorce.