SUFFOLK, Va. – After Suffolk Public Schools released a statement saying that two Col. Fred Cherry Middle School students were approached by strangers at the bus stop Monday morning, Suffolk Police confirmed “nothing suspicious” occurred.
Public Information Officer Bethanne Bradshaw previously said the students were at their bus stop at Respass Beach Road and Bay Circle when a silver car approached the bus stop. The students reported that one passenger got out of the car and chased them back to one of the students’ driveway.
The students reported the incident to their parents, and made their bus driver aware when she picked them up. The bus driver contacted the school’s Transportation Department, who contacted the Suffolk Police Department and the school.
According to Suffolk Police, the incident in question actually involved a student running to catch the bus, as she had missed the bus at her stop. Her mother had driven her to the next bus stop.
Suffolk Public Schools reminds the public to discuss with children the importance of notifying a bus driver, teacher, administrator or staff member when they know of a situation that could threaten the neighborhood, bus stop or school.