AISD increase police patrols after ‘suspicious’ incident

FILE - AISD Police (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - AISD Police (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District officials are increasing security patrols this week at one Southeast Austin school following an incident on Friday.

A letter and an email was sent out to parents on Friday alerting them to the situation after a young girl says she was followed by a suspicious man near Linder Elementary on Metcalfe Road. AISD officials say this happened at about 7:30 Friday morning.

The young girl involved told the school that a man started following her while she was walking to school. She says he tried to talk her into getting into his car. Officials say the girl ran away and then went straight to school administrators to tell them what happened.

School officials contacted Austin ISD police who will increase their patrols through this area just to keep a lookout.  There is no description of the man yet, but if you or your children see anything or anyone suspicious, you’re asked to contact the AISD Police Department at (512) 414-1703.

Here is the full text of the email sent to Linder parents:

Dec. 4, 2015

Dear Linder Elementary School Families,

The safety of all students is our top priority at Linder Elementary School. With that in mind, I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning before classes began.

At about 7:30 a.m., a suspicious man began following one of our students as she walked to school. The man attempted to talk to the student and persuade her to get in to his vehicle. The student ran away and immediately reported the incident to us.

Our student is safe, and we commend her for reporting the incident so quickly. We immediately contacted Austin ISD police, who will increase patrols in the area for the next several days. If you or your children see anything or anyone suspicious, please contact the AISD Police Department at (512) 414-1703.

We appreciate your support as we work together to ensure our students’ safety and security at and around our school.

Sincerely,

Beverly Odom

Principal

Linder Elementary

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