Army recruiter prompts Clarkston Community Schools 'stranger danger' report

Stranger danger alert
Posted at 3:30 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 15:30:58-04

(WXYZ) — Clarkston Community Schools reported a 'stranger danger' incident last week near Middle Lake and Paramus Roads, but it turned out the person who approached a student was actually an Army recruiter.

According to the original email from the school district, a student was approached last Thursday while running by a man in an unmarked white Ford transit van with tinted windows.

The man reportedly got out of the van and went up to the student, asking questions related to the Armed Services. According to the email, the student ran away and the man returned to the van and remained parked on the street.

Clarkston Community Schools reported the incident to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. Following the report, the Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion confirmed the man was actually a military recruiter.

The Army Recruiting Battalion, Great Lakes (Michigan), released the following statement:

"The primary responsibility of our Recruiters is outreach to young Americans to share the many
opportunities the Army has to offer. This is accomplished through face to face interactions,
social media, high school presentations, texting and telephone calls focused on high school
juniors & seniors as well as graduates.

The Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion shares in the concerns of the public and the
Clarkston Community Schools and how this interaction with one of our Recruiters was
perceived. We extend our deepest apologies to the young lady involved, her family and the
Clarkston Community Schools. The safety of our community is a shared priority and we will
review our Recruiting policies and procedures concerning face to face prospecting to alleviate
any future misunderstandings."