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Principal's letter to parents warns of 'suspicious man'

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Letters were sent home to parents of students at Wells Station Elementary School on Thursday. Letters were sent home to parents of students at Wells Station Elementary School on Thursday.
School district officials say they have beefed up school security and police patrols in the neighborhood. School district officials say they have beefed up school security and police patrols in the neighborhood.

(WMC) - An elementary school is on high alert after several reports came in that a "suspicious man" was talking to students as they walked to school.

Letters were sent home to parents of students at Wells Station Elementary School on Thursday.

The school's principal says the school got a call from someone in the neighborhood about the man. Several students also reported encounters with the man. Nobody knows what he is up to.

School district officials say they have beefed up school security and police patrols in the neighborhood.

Larry Williams lives across the street from the school. He says he usually keeps an eye on the kids crossing the street.

"We try to watch out for this neighborhood," he said. "We don't tolerate that over here."

In the letter sent home with students, the principal asked parents to talk to their kids about being safe.

Parents say they will stay skeptical of everyone until someone figures out what the "suspicious" man is up to.

"These people out here, man. I don't know. I just hope they catch him," said parent Cedric Brown.

Here is what the principal's letter said:

Dear Parent/Guardians:

I want to make you aware of concerns raised by a member of our school community.

This morning, I received a phone call from a community member alerting us of a suspicious male individual approaching students as they walked to school. Upon arrival at school, several students also reported similar encounters. No students were harmed.

As a precaution, Shelby County Schools' Security and the Memphis Police Department were immediately contacted. Officers were dispatched to the school and patrolled the area near our school throughout the day.

Our students' safety is our top priority, and we will continue to inform parents any time we learn of a situation regarding student safety. It is important that we make you aware, as this matter does affect the safety of all children in our community.

While there are only a few weeks left in school, I would like to urge all parents to please stress to children the messages surrounding safety, as we will continue to do while they are in our care.

* It is important that children try to walk in groups and in well-lit areas where it is easy to find help if needed whenever possible.

* If ever a child feels threatened for any reason, he or she should contact a trusted adult immediately.

* Children should always be aware of their surroundings and be extremely cautious if they come into contact with any unknown person in the community.

* Children should never get into the car of a stranger.

We appreciate your continued support of Wells Station Elementary School. Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other school matter, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Terri Arnett
Principal, Wells Station Elementary School

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