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Police: Man attempts to take child from DeKalb County school bus stop


Only one student took the school bus Wednesday morning after an attempted kidnapping in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County police are searching for a man after they said he tried to snatch a middle school child from her bus stop.

The girl, 11, was waiting for her bus alone at Nielson Court and Nielson Drive to take her to Freedom Middle School just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. Jasmine (her parents don't want her last name released) said she noticed a nearly-naked man in a gold Nissan van driving slowly.

"He passed by me, and he looked at me, and then he circled around, and then he got out of the car and grabbed me by the arm," she told CBS Atlanta News.

She said he was wearing only a T-shirt. Jasmine fought back.

"I jerked back, and I kicked him," she said.

Her screams scared the man away and grabbed her mom's attention, who was nearby.

"I'm still shaking. I haven't eaten anything, and I'm still thinking, how would I have known she wasn't on the bus? Sitting at home, expecting her at four, and she doesn't come home," said Jasmine's mom.

Jasmine said she learned what to do many years ago.

"When I was in second grade, a counselor would always tell us when somebody, when a stranger takes you away or something, you always run and cry for help," she said.

A notice was sent home with parents in the afternoon. It reads:

"It was reported to Freedom Middle School by a sixth grade female student that she was approached by a man at her bus stop in the Nielson Drive/Nielson Court area who then attempted to grab her from his vehicle on the morning of Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The individual was driving a gold Nissan and was described by the student as a Caucasian male. The student informed the Freedom Middle School staff upon arriving at school, and the District's Police Department immediately began an investigation. Additionally, the District's Transportation Department has been notified of the reported incident so that bus drivers can monitor this region as they drive their routes each morning and afternoon.

"The safety of our students is paramount. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of this incident so that we can work together to make sure that all of our children are kept safe while they are in school, while they are traveling to and from school, and while they are home. Please encourage your children to report any suspicious activity to you and the school, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you."

Jasmine went to school after the ordeal. She said she plans on forgiving the man.

"God always says you have to forgive someone and love everyone," she said.

She added, though, she really wants him caught.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with Jasmine's father Wednesday morning who revealed his daughter is fine but not riding the bus.

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