A recent incident in Wallowa brings to the forefront the dangers of the modern world and the necessary lack of trust in strangers.
A little girl walking to school recently was asked by two men, who pulled out of a short street in front of her, whether or not she would like a ride to school. She didn't know the men, and being well-trained, said "no", and the men proceded to drive towards Enterprise.
The girl told adults about the incident, and the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office was notified.
The WCSO deputy who investigated reportedly talked to the girl's mother, but was unable to pursue it any further because of the lack of a description of the men or their vehicle, a license plate number, or something that might help identify the men.
Undersheriff Steve Rogers said the girl did everything right in refusing the ride and also in reporting the incident. "Tell someone immediately," said Rogers.
He suggested, in similar circumstances, that more parents might encourage children to try to make a point of remembering identifying details about the people or vehicle (the color, license plate number).
"People have to realize that even if it is perfectly innocent, it is not okay to offer a child a ride; and it is not okay for them to accept," said Rogers.
These days even what may be a well-meaning gesture can result in a fear and trouble.