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Hingham police seek woman who allegedly offered child a ride

Hingham police are looking for a female driver who offered a fifth-grader a ride to the high school Friday morning.

The 11-year-old student told police he was walking to Foster Elementary School at 8:20 a.m. along Daley Road when a woman stopped her car and asked if he wanted a ride to Hingham High School. He yelled no and ran away, Hingham police said.

The child ran to the elementary school and alerted staff, who notified police and the student’s parents, police said.

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“I’m very impressed with the child’s behavior,” Irma Lauter, a member of the Hingham Board of Selectmen, said in a phone interview. “He did absolutely everything right.”

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The driver is described as an older white woman with brown hair, who appeared to be the only occupant of the vehicle. She drove a newer white four-door sedan with a license plate that contained the letter K and the number seven, police said.

Police sent out a community e-mail, in which they said they would like to speak to the driver to “possibly rule out any criminal intent.”

After speaking to the child, the woman continued driving along Daley Road toward Park Circle, a residential area in the Crow Point neighborhood. She may live in or frequent the neighborhood, police said.

Officials said the driver potentially could have mistaken the child for someone else, given her offer to take an 11-year-old to the nearby high school.

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Foster Elementary School has had continuing “Stranger Danger” training through the school year, supervised by a safety officer, police said.

Three officers work with younger Hingham public school students on how to handle possibly unsafe situations.

“All of the students are trained in what to do if someone tries to abduct them or if someone they don’t know tries to approach them,” Lauter said.

The students are taught to yell loudly, run to a safe place, and inform a trusted adult of anything they can remember about the incident.