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Investigation continues into Thursday's suspicious behavior outside Emporia school

Emporia Police are encouraging people to come forward with any information they may have after Thursday's incident of suspicious behavior outside William Allen White School.
 
Sgt. Lisa Sage says a man yelled at the students to go with him as they left the school on their way home. The students went back inside the school and told staff about the incident.
 
Police are looking for a white man who was wearing sunglasses, a hooded jacket or coat and light-colored jeans or sweatpants. Investigators have spoken to several parents but have not obtained any leads at last word.
 
If you have information on this particular case, call Police at 343-4200 or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 342-2273. 
 
 
Noon Friday: Emporia Police continue investigation into suspicious man outside WAW Elementary
 
Emporia Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man suspected of approaching a pair of elementary school students late Thursday afternoon.
 
USD 253 Superintendent Kevin Case says a man approached two William Allen White students near Ninth and Cottonwood after school. Police are now looking for a white man who was wearing sunglasses, a hooded jacket or coat and light-colored jeans or sweatpants.
 
The man reportedly invited the children to go with him, but the students ran back to the school and reported the incident to a staff member. Police Sgt. Lisa Sage says that's exactly what the kids should have done.
 
 
 
Sage says it's important for parents to tell students how to respond in cases like this.
 
 
 
Both students were unharmed. Both USD 253 and Emporia Police are reminding parents and community members to be vigilant and communicate with their children about not interacting with strangers near playgrounds or along their respective routes to and from schools.
 
If you have information on this particular case or if you see any suspicious activity, regardless of the situation, call Police at 343-4200. With this case, you can also call Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 342-2273. 
 
7:30 am Friday: Information scant on man who allegedly approached William Allen White students
 
The investigation continues by Emporia Police after two William Allen White students say they were approached by a stranger after school Thursday.
 
In a statement from USD 253, Superintendent Kevin Case said a man approached the students near Ninth and Cottonwood Street at the south edge of the school campus. The man reportedly invited the children to go with him, but the students ran back to the school and reported the incident to a staff member. School officials immediately notified Emporia Police.
 
Both students were unharmed. The only description of the suspect is the individual is reportedly a white male.
 
Electronic Media Specialist Matt Fowler is glad the students acted as they did when approached.
 
 
 
 
Fowler reminds parents and community members to speak up if they see anything suspicious.
 
 
 
The school district is also reminding parents and staff members district wide to be vigilant and communicate with their children about not interacting with strangers near playgrounds or along their respective routes to and from schools.
 
If you have information about this case or see any suspicious activity, regardless of the situation, call Police at 343-4200.
 

7:45 pm Thursday: Two William Allen White students approached by suspicious man on way home from school

Emporia Police are investigating after two William Allen White Elementary students were approached by a stranger walking home from school Thursday afternoon. 

In a statement from USD 253, Superintendent Kevin Case said a man approached the students near East 9th Ave. and Cottonwood Street at the south edge of the school campus. The man reportedly invited the children to go with him, but the students ran back to the school and reported the incident to a staff member. School officials immediately notified Emporia Police who put together an official report.

Both students were unharmed and Case commended the students for their smart and quick reaction. The school district is reminding parents and staff members district wide to be vigilant and communicate with their children about not interacting with strangers near the playground or along the route to and from schools. They also remind the public to report any suspicious activity to police.

USD 253 Electronic Media Specialist Matt Fowler said in a statement: "Safety and security is of utmost importance with everything in Emporia Public Schools. We are very thankful that these students acted responsibly and with immediacy to come back to report this situation at their school. It is important to remind your students on how to react in these types of situations."