Archive for Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Report: Man approaches girl on Schwegler playground

A girl participating in the Boys and Girls Club's after-school program told organizers about 4:30 p.m. that a man had approached her on the playground.

September 21, 2010


Lawrence police are investigating a report of a man approaching a female student in an after-school program Monday afternoon at Schwegler School, a school district spokeswoman said.

Sgt. Randy Roberts, a patrol shift supervisor, said officers were called at 4:30 p.m. Monday to the playground at Schwegler, 2201 Ousdahl, because of “suspicious activity of someone hanging around the school.”

Julie Boyle, a school district spokeswoman, said officials with the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club program at Schwegler called police after a female student reported being approached by a man while on the playground.

“I’m sure that the parents are very pleased that the daughter talked to the staff immediately,” said Janet Murphy, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Boyle said the man left campus before police arrived. The student’s parents were also called. The after-school program’s staff members are trained several times a year on how to recognize suspicious behavior.


boot2010 7 years, 9 months ago

It would have been nice if Boys and Girls Club and Schwegler had informed parents that this had happened. My child was there and I had to find out from a newspaper article. The entire school should be on alert. There has been way too much time passed for information to be given to parents. This is not acceptable.

Kat Christian 7 years, 9 months ago

I totally agree. Also there is a sex offender that lives near that school. When is Lawrence going to pass an ordiance prohibiting sex offenders from living near schools? When? When a child is abducted or murdered? When?

Kat Christian 7 years, 9 months ago

Stephen Michael Thompon lives on W. 24th Street apartment - sex offender victim ages 6 & 9.
William Edgar VanDyke live on - W 22nd Terrace - sex offender victim age 10.
Nathan E. Loukedes live on - W. 19th Terrace - sex offender victim age 15

These are just 3 that live close to the school but there are several others that live within walking distance. I think it is the school's responsiblity to inform parents of sex offenders who live near or walking distance to the school and to direct them to a website that details that on a map and what their offense is. Parents need to let their children be aware and teach them how to be safe. No use trying to ignore this problems Parents - it is real and it is not going away anytime soon. Please teach your children how to be safe. Assign them 'safe adults" teach them how to call emergency. Get the video by Adam Walsh & ?? Name called "Stranger Safety". Please call your City council about passing an ordinance to make it illegal for sex offenders to live within 1 mile or more from a school or children's playground.

Kat Christian 7 years, 9 months ago

PS there are WAY too many sex offenders who live near our schools - this has to change.

Kontum1972 7 years, 9 months ago

HMMMM...a louisville slugger is an inexpensive alternative in the right hands to deter these creeps.....obtw.... child molesters don't read ordinance signs.

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