Tompkins County school district on heightened alert

By Haley Burton

Tompkins County school district on heightened alert

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 7:55 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The Lansing Central school district is on high alert after a suspicious man is seen approaching children on separate occasions.

The school district is requesting that all students walk in pairs and that children are not left alone when waiting for the bus.

Chris Pettograsso, Acting Superintendent of Schools, has sent letters home to parent. He is urging parents to be on alert and discuss stranger safety with their children.

Click here to read the letters from the school district

The district says there have been three separate incidents.

On March 20, the district says a suspicious driver approached a Lansing elementary school student waiting for the morning bus near Collins Rd. in Freeville.

The report said a white male driving a blue sedan stopped and attempted to speak with an elementary aged student while waiting alone for the morning bus. As soon as the students’ parent opened the door and approached her child, the man drove off and did not return. The incident was reported to police.

In another incident, a white male in his early twenties driving a blue sedan reportedly slowed down and followed a Lansing student walking on Goodman Road in Groton for a brief time before driving away. This incident was also reported to the police.

The school district says it was reported that the vehicle may have two bumper stickers on the left side of the rear bumper.

Also, in a third incident the district says it received an additional report of a white male getting out of his car and approaching two children at the town park. When the child used his cell phone to contact his parent, the male turned around and walked back to his car. The students noted the car was a blue sedan.

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office describes the male as being white, in his 20's, having black hair and wearing a black coat.

If you have any information leading to the identification of this subject or if you see any suspicious activity near a school or any school aged children, please contact Law Enforcement immediately.

Tompkins County Sheriff's Office can be reached at (607 272-2444, (607) 257-1345 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at (607) 266-5420.