Parents warn children about 'stranger danger' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Parents warn children about 'stranger danger'

Many parents tell their kids to turn to police for help. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Many parents tell their kids to turn to police for help. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Teaching kids about "stranger danger" is a common practice for parents.

"I have four kids, so what I tell them is if someone calls you, don't go up to them," advised parent Karen Guevara. "Don't go up to them."

Parents say as soon as their kids could walk and talk, they started teaching them not to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers, or answer the door for a stranger.

In fact, many parents teach their kids to turn to police for help.

"I tell her that's where you go for help," said parent Amber Currin. "I've also told her if you're in a public place, scream, get away, run."

But Friday, Memphis police officer Derrick Abdul-Wakil turned himself in after an investigation into inappropriate conduct around a child. 

He appeared in court Monday, charged with solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in front of a 14-year-old girl whom he offered a ride.

During the encounter, the on-duty officer also allegedly touched the victim.

The incident is changing Devin Ross's mind about what to tell her kids.

"Don't even get in the car with them," said Ross. "If you're not supposed to, don't do it."

However, most parents say they won't change their message. Instead, they'll remind their kids that not everyone is trustworthy.

"The law enforcement community is made up of people just like you and me," said parent Ronnie Hall. "And some of them are good, most of them are good, most of them are very good people. Some of them unfortunately, they do the wrong way."

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