WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Parents in one Long Island community are on edge following a warning from their school district about a possible child predator.

Many parents in West Islip are talking about the warning that went out about a woman in a yellow mini school bus who was trying to lure children walking home on Higbie Lane onto the bus.

The bus had no lettering and the rear door was painted black with a pink flower, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Authorities said the woman appeared to be wearing a police officer’s hat. She was soft-spoken and in her 20’s, Hall reported.

“That’s a couple hundred feet from my house. It’s frightening actually,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Darius Radzius.

No children got onto the bus. But one resident said parents must again and again tell their kids about stranger danger.

“She was wearing a uniform so they say ‘oh a uniform must mean police or means somebody good.’ And a bus, that’s the safest spot for the kids to go into is a bus. It’s very difficult,” she said.

Debra said she’s disgusted that this happened on their first week of school.

“Maybe she was trying to take advantage of that. You know, knew kids new situations,” she said.


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