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RISD sends letter to parents about man who snuck into Pullen Elementary

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By J.J. Smith. Rockwall ISD Executive Director of Communications Sheri Fowler issued a letter late yesterday to parents about the man who snuck into Dorothy Pullen Elementary School in Heath yesterday without registering at the front desk and tried to buy ice cream for school children in the lunch line.

Police arrested him this morning in Arkansas on charges of attempted kidnapping. See the accompanying story from WFAA-TV.

Following is the complete text of the letter from the RISD website.

More details about the incident will be reported next week when school officials become available to interview.

March 5, 2010

Dear Parents of Rockwall ISD Students:

As the safety and security of all students is critically important to the district, we wanted to address some concerns regarding an incident that happened yesterday at Pullen Elementary. As you may have already heard, a man gained access to the campus through an unauthorized entrance (a student opened a locked door). Although he was re-directed to the office and completed the check-in process, he displayed some suspicious behavior that warranted law enforcement be called to the school. All other Rockwall ISD campuses were immediately notified of the incident, and the individual is currently in custody.

We want to assure parents that from the time the man entered the campus to the time he left, he was being observed by Pullen staff. As the staff became suspicious of his behavior, they reacted swiftly and with caution. The Heath Police Department immediately responded and has worked closely with the Pullen staff and the RISD administration to investigate this incident. As the safety and security of all students is a top priority, the district will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures to make sure that all safeguards are in place to protect our students and staff. In addition, we will continue to educate our students and staff on protocols that will help keep them safe and secure.

Sincerely,

Sheri Fowler

Executive Director of Communications

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