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CALM URGED IN WAKE OF ABDUCTION TRY

School officials are trying to calm parents in the wake of reports of an attempted child abduction several blocks from Cleveland Hill Elementary School last week.

Principal Dale C. Hawkins Tuesday addressed a letter to parents, dispelling reports that several child-abduction attempts have occurred near the Mapleview Road school in recent weeks.

"No additional reports of this type activity have been received by the school," Hawkins said. "No attempts of any type of abduction have been reported at Cleveland Hill Elementary."

An 11-year-old Cleveland Hill pupil reported an attempted abduction to school officials and police last week.

Cheektowaga police still are investigating the alleged Sept. 30 abduction, patroling Cleveland Hill grounds before and after school.

Police have had no other reports of attempted abductions.

The 11-year-old boy and a few friends, ages 8 to 10, stepped off the school bus on Campbell Road near Eggert Road when a man in a blue pickup truck motioned to them, police said.

"You get here now!" the man reportedly said.

The youths ran, and the 11-year-old said he saw the pickup near the school a few days later.

This usually isn't the type of ploy child abductors and molesters use to coax children into their vehicles, Lt. Cheryl Rucinski said.

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