by NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED
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:
Check first with you or the adult in charge before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything or getting into a car.
Take a friend when going places or playing outside.
Tell people “NO” if they try to touch you or hurt you. It’s OK for you to stand up for yourself.
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.
TOPEKA, Kansas – A Kansas city councilman and his wife were arrested on Nov. 19 on allegations of child abuse.
Jonathan and Allison Schumm, both of Topeka, are each charged with aggravated battery and abuse of a child, as well as four counts of endangering a child. They were released on bond they day after their arrests and neither is allowed contact with any of their 16 children, 12 of whom are adopted.
Court documents list five children as victims, all between the ages of five and 16. At least one child, a 12-year-old was allegedly tortured, or cruelly beaten by the Schumm’s, according to court documents.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has not confirmed if or how many children were taken from the Schumm’s.
The Department of Children and Families first asked Topeka police on Nov. 4 for help investigating reports of physical abuse against the Schumm’s children, according to city officials.
This is Schumm’s first term on Topeka City Council. He was elected to represent the 4th District, which is in the southeast corner of the city, last April.
In 2013, the couple received a national “Angels in Adoption Award.”
BAY COUNTY, FL – The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on child abuse charges in two separate cases.
Scott Hall, 45, was arrested this week after he allegedly repeatedly called a juvenile threatening to hurt her or himself. The sheriff’s office says Hall is involved in a molestation case with the victim and is facing charges for contacting and threatening her.
In another case, 28 year-old Elizabeth Dean and 24 year-old Christopher Martin were contacted by the sheriff’s office when a juvenile in their care went to school with marks on his neck.
Reports say according to the victim, Martin placed his arms around his neck until he was unable to breathe because he took candy meant for another child. When deputies questioned the couple, they say they got conflicting stories.
Martin is charged with child abuse and Dean with providing false information to law enforcement.