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Murder of Fundraising Child Has Parents Worrying About Safety

Posted October 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— It's the beginning of the school year and kids across the country are taking part in school-sponsored fundraisers. But the murder of an eleven year old New Jersey boy during his door-to-door sales routine has a lot of school systems rethinking their policies.

Kids everywhere are realizing in the 90's even the traditional way of selling, door-to-door, is changing.

"Somebody can hurt us when we go walking by ourselves," said Alex Danson, a 5th grander.

Colleen Lester, parent, said she goes with her children when they sell door-to-door.

Franz Holzer learned his lesson about fundraisers the hard way. Three years ago his 9-year-old daughter Tiffiny was out on her own selling candy for school when the unthinkable happened.

"She didn't see the tractor trailer truck in the right lane she ran across the traffic," said Holzer.

Tiffiny died on the highway, and her death spurred changes in Cumberland County schools.

The rules now prohibit kids from going door-to-door and instead encourage their parents to get involved, which is the one message Holzer hopes parents have learned from Tiffiny's death.

Many area school systems including Wake County and Cumberland County, already prohibit kids from selling door to door.