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Two incidents in Muscatine has parents on high alert... They happened within minutes of each other on the last day of school (Friday, May 30th).

The first happened by McKinley Elementary School around 10:30 AM. Police said two white males were driving by in a blue or brown van. One of them exposed himself to students.

The second happened near Oneida Avenue and Division Street a couple of minutes away. Police said a car approached children walking home from school and one of the people inside the car asked them if they wanted a ride and to get in the vehicle.

In both incidents, young kids stepped up and did the right thing. They ran away and told an adult they trust.

And we learned today, kids are ready.

"If someone asks me to get in the car, I would run as fast as I can," said Maura Chalupa, 9 years old.

She said someone's already tried to lure her into car before, telling her they had candy.

"Just run, don't fall for their tricks," said Maura.

Maura said she learned all of that in Kindergarten and parents said they're on high alert for predators.

"It really does concern me," said mother of three Hana Mayer. "I have three young children. This is a pretty small town, you don't really hear of kids getting abducted or stuff like that, so it really does worry me."

Sami Motley has a daycare near where one of those incidents happened.

"It makes me very nervous that I can't even go drive to pick them up because I can't leave the other children, so I'm watching the clock once they're out I sit on my porch and watch for them to come running," said Motley.

She said she's taught her kids stranger danger and they know what to do if someone they don't know comes too close.

"Run," said 7 year old Dayton Truesdale. "Tell a parent."

"If they come up to you, just don't answer them," said 6 year old Hagen Holladay.

All tips Lt. Jeff Jirak of the Muscatine Police Department said is the right thing to do: run away and don't waste time talking to the strangers.

"Get someplace where a responsible adult is present that they know, that they can trust and that they can rely the information, who then in turn need to call us right away," said Lt. Jirak.

A fourth grader at McKinley did the right thing, he told his school's resource officer what happened when the men drove by in the van.

"I give all the credit in the world for our little people, that can step up, can make the right decisions at this early of an age and be responsible for themselves and doing the right thing," said Lt. Jirak.

He said they're looking for the man who reportedly exposed himself to students at McKinley Elementary and the individuals who approached children from their vehicle near Oneida Avenue and Division Street.

They're also increasing police presence at public places where children may be this summer.

In December 2012 Muscatine Police responded to reports of a man trying to lure kids into the back of a black mini-van.

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