Del Mar school district stresses student safety after Solana Beach kidnap attempt

Gates control access at all Del Mar Union School District campuses, like this one at Del Mar Hills.
(Karen Billing)

In light of a March 24 kidnapping attempt of a seven-year-old girl at Skyline School in Solana Beach, Del Mar Union School District Superintendent Holly McClurg reiterated the district’s focus on student safety at the March 25 meeting.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, around 3:30 p.m. at Skyline, a man approached the girl and put his hand over her mouth, then tried to wrap packing tape around her head. The girl fought him and screamed, attracting the attention of teachers and parents. The suspect ran and is still at large.

McClurg said they have placed an emphasis on having as many employees outside as possible at the end of the school day to increase the number of eyes and ears looking out for students. Among staff, there is an emphasis on “If you see something, say something,” and the message of “Stranger danger” is being stressed to students.

Also, all of the district campuses’ gates and fences can be locked.

“Our No. 1 priority is making sure children are safe,” McClurg said.

The suspect in the March 24 kidnap attempt is described as a white man in his 40s with light brown hair and tan skin, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was seen driving a newer-model black and silver mid-size SUV similar to a Ford Flex. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at 858-565-5200.