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UPDATE:  GREENVILLE (KYTX) - Greenville ISD received an updated report from the Greenville Police Department at 11:00 a.m. on November 8th regarding the alleged suspect approaching a Greenville Middle School student on November 7th, 2012.  

After pulling video surveillance and investigating the situation, the GPD discovered that the alleged suspect was a Greenville Middle School parent who mistook the identity of the student for that of a friend's grandchild. Being that it was an early release day, he was concerned that the student had not yet been picked up and was offering a ride to her home. He simply mistook the child for another. 

We are proud of our student for reporting the situation and thankful to the Greenville Police Department for their quick and thorough investigation.  

Although this proved to be an innocent situation, we still request that students, parents and guardians remain watchful of their surroundings. Thank you for your vigilance.

 

GREENVILLE (KYTX) - Greenville ISD received a report that a student at Greenville Middle School alleged being approached and offered a ride by a man in a gray or silver Dodge four-door pickup truck. The incident took place at the corner of Texas and Park at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th. The truck was said to have rails on the top of the cargo box sides. 

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with gray hair and a stubble of gray beard.  He wore a gray Dallas Cowboys shirt. He was described as speaking English, but not well.  

The student reported that the suspect had been waiting on Texas Street in front of the Middle School as though waiting to pick up a child, only he did not pick up a child. Instead, the man drove his pickup truck toward the student in the parking lot. He lowered his window and asked if the student needed a ride and offered to take the student home. When the student refused, the man drove away west on Park. 

If you see a vehicle or suspect matching the above description, please call the Greenville Police Department immediately at 903-457-2900.  

"Our first and foremost duty to our students is to keep them safe and secure and we will continue to take every measure to do so. We can also use your help.  First, please instruct your children not to engage in conversation with strangers and certainly not to take any rides offered.  Second, tell them to report immediately to school officials and to their parents any incident such as the one described above.  Third, if you see any suspicious person near our schools or students, please report them immediately to us and to the police.  Working together we can provide a safe and secure environment for our children. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to call," said Don Jefferies, Superintendent.

 

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