Suspicious man offering rides to elementary students in Cahokia

6:16 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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CAHOKIA, Ill. (KSDK) - The superintendent of Cahokia Unit School District #187 sent a letter home to parents Wednesday after an incident Tuesday morning involving a kindergarten student.

Superintendent Arthur S. Ryan says a man appeared at the door of a home and said he was there to drive the student to school. The man did not identify himself as a school employee, but implied he was from the school.

The parents made the man leave and called police.

On Wednesday district administrators met to discuss the incident and discovered there were two other recent incidents involving a man offering rides to students.

One of those incidents involved a second grader walking to school. She was approached by a man offering her a ride to school.

On Wednesday morning a fourth grader was also offered a ride while walking to school. That student ran away and got help. Wednesday night, Ryan sent out automated messages to all parents in the district following the incident.

The district has been in contact with Cahokia police and patrols will be stepped up around schools.

The letter, sent to all parents of students in kindergarten through third grade, can be read below.

Dear Primary Elementary Parents:

District administration has been notified of an incident which happened this morning which needs to be shared with parents. It has been reported that white male, wearing a suit and driving a silver Lincoln, possibly a town car, appeared at the door of one of our families and stated that he was there to transport their student to school. The man did not identify himself as an employee of the the school, but tried to imply that he was from the school.

The parents sent the man away and reported the incident to police. I would like to assure everyone that this was not an employee of the school district. If for some reason transportation other than district school buses are used, the school district would contact parents and prearrange pick-up times and information. If you experience a similar incident or someone coming to your house to "pick-up your child for school" please contact the police immediately. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


Arthur S. Ryan
Superintendent CUSD #187





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