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Madison Schools: targeted girl 'did what she was supposed to'

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Madison City Schools is applauding the action of a twelve-year-old student who alerted her bus driver after a man tried to get her to come into his vehicle. The superintendent said they have programs to teach children about this type of behavior.

"This could have been at a ballgame, a prom, anywhere," said Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent of Madison City Schools. "This young lady did exactly what she was supposed to do."

Fowler said the district provides programs throughout the school year to educate students on potentially dangerous situations. "We're driving home that you need to be in touch with your surroundings at all times," he said. "Hopefully these are not just school lessons, but life lessons."

The National Children's Advocacy Center said many times, attackers do not stop at one victim. Sandra Barnes, the mother of the young girl targeted Thursday, said her daughter had seen the man in the area before. Madison Police said they don't have any other reports of the man trying to talk to other children, and he has no similar infractions on his criminal history.

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