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Increased patrols near Lapham Elementary

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A letter was sent home to parents of students at Lapham Elementary School last week, after a suspicious man made contact with three students.

Last Friday, students were standing near a chain link fence during afternoon recess when the girls told teachers there was a man acting "strangely".  The man made a statement similar to: "My mom's in heaven.  She's dead."  He then smiled and held his hands out to the girls.  He did not touch them. 

Moments after that incident, he ran towards the school's parking lot.

Students described the man as white, 5'9" to 6' tall, thin build, short white wavy or curly hair, and he had facial stubble.  He was last seen wearing a baggy, brown or gray hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and dirty white tennis shoes.

Due to the incident, there will be increased police presence near the school.

Lapham's principal has sent a letter home, alerting parents of the situation.  In the correspondence, the principal indicates a review of protective behaviors will take place at the school, and that there will be increased supervision when students are outside.

The letter also asks parents to go over safety reminders with their children:

•Never respond to strangers when you are alone.

•Stay with friends.

•Report suspicious incidents to a trusting adult.

•Don't accept gifts/food/candy from people they don't know.

•Never go with anyone without first obtaining parent permission and always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.

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