Local school officials and law enforcement warn our community that the best way to be safe is to be prepared.
Every 40 seconds a child is reported missing in the United States. That's why Leon County school officials, Tallahassee police and Leon County sheriff's deputies, and A Child Is Missing teamed up at Gilchrist Elementary to stress the importance of child safety.
Billy Brickner, a third grader, said, "I can be taught how to stay safe from strangers and other things that might occur in my life."
Jenna Brickner, a first grader, you run away and say help, help, this is not my mom, this is not my father."
Kids learned how to be "better prepared" with safety tips like always tell your parents your whereabouts, use the buddy system, and not to talk with strangers.
Officers hope that these rules and others will keep as many children safe as possible.
A Child Is Missing, Inc. works with law enforcement to help with the safe return of missing children nationwide.
Sheriff Larry Campbell said A Child Is Missing has been used in Leon County 105 times since 2001.