Hayward school district warns parents of attempted kidnappings near campus

HAYWARD, Calif. (KTVU) – The Hayward Unified School District informed parents of Tennyson High School students on Monday of two recent attempted kidnappings near the campus.

The letter addressed the incident in which a man attempted to kidnap a Tennyson High School student walking home alone from school by forcing her into his car on March 6. The 15-year-old student fought off the suspect and ran for help.

Two weeks earlier, a 14-year-old student was nearly kidnapped in a similar fashion near Ebony and Joshua streets. The girl also fought off the attacker and ran for help.

One student, Sara Reyes, said an assembly was called on Monday to inform students about the incidents.

"They told us to not walk alone, be in a group after school," Reyes said. "They said to be on the lookout, take any pictures and defend yourself."

The Hayward Unified School District is advertising parents to be mindful of their child's whereabouts. Part of a statement reads:

"Parents should also remind their children to pay attention to their surroundings and walk with a friend to/from school, and to immediately alert a teacher or staff with any concerns."

Police said it is possible the two suspects could be the same person. In each case, the suspect was driving a white sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hayward Police Department.