MARCH 1, 2006 -- POSTED AT 8:45 P.M. CST, updated at 7:26 a.m. CST on 3/2/06
JONESBORO, AR -- It was every parent's nightmare.On Monday, a stranger walked right through the front door at Westside Elementary and approached a child. Fortunately, the child immediately ran back to the classroom and told her teacher about the intruder.
It happened early in the school day. An intruder walked through the school's main entrance, heading straight for the girl's bathroom. That's where a child was approached by the stranger. What the intruder said was startling.
The only witness is the child who was approached, bringing forth a harsh reality for Westside's Administration. A stranger entered their school with no detection and could have easily abducted a student.
"We had no choice but to take this seriously and assume the worst, and that's what we're doing," says Best.
This situation has everyone - parents, students and staff wondering how this could've happened.
The Watch D.O.G. program was inspired by the 1998 Westside shootings, an effort to keep kids safe. But in this instance, it was the student who protected herself.