Parents hope others learn from students' scary experience

Shannon Earl Pryor (Source: Saline County Detention Center)
Shannon Earl Pryor (Source: Saline County Detention Center)

SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - An Eldorado man was arrested for allegedly trying to abduct members of a cross country team in Eldorado Illinois. Parents praise the students but now want what happened to serve as a lesson to others.

"I am angry with what the person did, I can't image in someone's mind they would think that is okay," Jason Kasiar, father of one of the children, said.

Kasiar is upset about what 73-year-old Shannon Pryor allegedly tried to do to his daughter in Karel Park last Thursday.  But Kaiser says he is proud of how the 5th grade runners reacted.

"They ran, they went straight to their coach, told them what happened and I don't think they could have done anything, that would have done anything better," Kasiar said.

Kasiar says Pryor told his daughter and other teammates to get into his car during cross county practice. A short time later, saline county deputies arrested Pryor.

Eldorado Superintendent of Schools Gary Siebert says what happened at the park has them looking into what needs to be done to keep athletes safe during practice.

"I think we're going to have some people there watching for a few days especially since this individual has bonded out," Siebert said.

But it's the quick reaction of some young runners that help put Pryor behind bars. Something Kasiar says he hopes other parents and students take note.

"If you teach your children how to react in these situations they will," Kasiar said. "We were very blessed in this situation. I think this individual should be put away."

Pryor was charged with child abduction and disorderly conduct. He has since bonded out of jail.

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