Police: Man exposes himself to girls walking home from elementary school
The two girls say they first noticed a man following them as they walked home from Mary Todd Elementary then they say he drove up to them and exposed himself.
The girls say the man was driving a gray van with black stripes.
Police say the two girls ran off but the man followed them until they were nearly home.
Lexington Police say the girls did exactly what anyone should do in this situation.
More Stranger Danger Tips from Police:
-Know your name, address, and phone number.
-Use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
-Trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
-If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
-If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
-If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, "this is not my dad," or "this is not my mom."
-While sharing the above tips with your child is extremely important, the best way to teach stranger danger lessons is through role-playing scenarios. "Stranger Danger" role playing scenarios.
Fayette County Public Schools had law enforcement monitoring the school Friday afternoon.
The school sent home this letter with students:
Dear Mary Todd Elementary Families:
As you know, your children are our number one priority here at Mary Todd Elementary School and their safety and well-being is of utmost importance to us. I am writing to make you aware of something that happened near our campus afterschool yesterday because keeping the lines of communication open between home and school is so important.
While two of our students were walking home from school near Freeman Drive yesterday afternoon, a man approached them and exposed himself. Officers from both the Lexington Police Department responded to the complaint. The Fayette County Department of Law Enforcement will have an additional officer present during dismissal today.
Although this incident did not take place on our campus, it provides us with an excellent opportunity to reinforce with our youngsters how important it is for them to be aware of their surroundings and to be cautious of strangers. Children should also be encouraged to walk to the and from the bus stop or school with a friend or family member.
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children and your understanding that we take this matter very seriously.
Kari Kirchner, Principal