Boy escapes attempted kidnapping

2018-09-26 06:01

FOLLOWING a traumatic incident involving the attempted kidnapping of her son from outside his school in Northdale, parent Alveena Deepnarain shared her story with Maritzburg Fever in the hopes of making other parents more aware of the dangers children face.

Deepnarain said that while her son, who is in Grade 5, usually waits for his transport outside the school on the corner of Gandhi and Ramlingum Road, this Friday his transport was running a bit late.

“He said that a black BMW with just one driver inside approached him and told him that I said he must go with the BMW today,” said Deepnarain, adding that her son had said that he had noticed the vehicle parked outside the school premises on Monday.

Luckily for Deepnarain, who had taught her son about the dangers of strangers, her son found this suspicious and immediately called out the man for lying.

“My son told him that he is lying but the man kept on persisting. My son then began to run and make his way inside the school and noticed that the man had begun to trail him in the car,”

“My son went to look for a teacher but could not find one. He then found another exit from the school and saw that his transport was waiting for him where he normally gets picked up and saw that the black BMW was gone,” said Deepnarain.

Hailing her son’s brave efforts in evading the man, Deepnarain said that she and her husband took great care to make their children aware of the dangers out there and always advised them not to trust any strangers claiming to be sent by them.

Deepnarain said that her son has had a hard time feeling safe since the incident.

“He told me he doesn’t want to go to school and only budges when I agree to wait for him outside school before the buzzer goes off,” said Deepnarain, who has had to make adjustments to her work schedule to fetch him from school.

Mountain Rise Police Station spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said that a case of attempted kidnapping had been opened. He also appealed to the public to report any suspicious incidents.

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