LEE COUNTY (WTVD) — Parents in a Lee County neighborhood are on alert after they said a man tried to lure a handful of children into his car at a bus stop.

It all started Friday when children getting off the school bus said they were greeted by a strange man driving a dark sedan off Fern Ridge Drive.

When the students, who were from San Lee Middle School and Southern Lee High School, didn’t accept his offer and ran away, the man fled the scene; now the search is on.

The Lee County School District sent parents a voice message, warning them and letting them know that bus drivers will be on the lookout at each bus stop.

Valencia Rosemond said she became concerned when she received the message from her daughter’s school.

Her 7-year-old catches the school bus just yards away from where the man approached the kids. Now, she and her neighbors want the man caught.

“This neighborhood is quiet and you don’t expect anyone to come around and do anything like that,” said Rosemond.

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Neighbors in the area are looking out for the neighborhood kids and urging other parents to do the same.

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