VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A young girl told police a man exposed himself to her as she walked home from school in Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon, according to school officials.
WAVY.com obtained an alert message sent to parents of students at Rosemont Forest Elementary School. Principal Greg Furlich said the girl reported she was approached by a white male suspect in a white vehicle on Grey Friars Chase.
The girl said the suspect asked her to come near his vehicle and then exposed himself to her. She was not hurt and was able to make it home.
Vanessa Gatling, a parent who received the principal's phone message, told WAVY.com, "it's kind of a good thing it happened so early in the school year because it makes us and other parents not too comfortable letting our kids walk to the bus stop now. We're on high alert."
Dispatchers told WAVY.com the incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. and occurred in the 1700 block of Grey Friars Chase.
Rose Chandler, President of Bellamy Plantation Neighborhood, told WAVY.com, "I am certain I speak for the entire community when I say we find this disgusting and disturbing that any individual would do this to any child. Our hopes are he is caught soon by the VBPD, and we know the VBPD are doing everything in their power to make this happen."
The driver is described as having brown hair and was in a white van or SUV. Anyone in the area of Grey Friars Chase neighborhood is asked to be on the lookout and to contact police if suspicious behavior is observed.
According to Adam Bernstein with the Virginia Beach Police Department, units are patrolling the area and bus stops for any unusual activity. Officers are encouraging parents to be vigilant, and to call 911 if they see something suspicious.
Anyone with information about Thursday's incident should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
A transcript of the message from Rosemont Forest Elementary School is as follows:
This is Greg Furlich, principal at Rosemont Forest Elementary School.
I’m calling to let you know about an incident that took place this afternoon in a nearby neighborhood.
A student who walks home after school reported that she was approached by stranger driving a white van on Grey Friars Chase.
The driver, a white male with brown hair, reportedly asked the student to come near his SUV and exposed himself. The child was not harmed and safely made her way home. However, police were immediately notified.
I am asking students, their families and residents of the Grey Friars Chase neighborhoods to be diligent when traveling on and near Grey Friars Chase.
Should you notice any suspicious behavior, immediately call 911 or the police department’s non-emergency number 385-5000. During the school day, you may also call the Rosemont Forest Elementary office at 648-3640.
As we finish up this first of week of school, I ask you to remind your children the importance of walking in groups, remaining aware of their surroundings and reporting any suspicious activities immediately.
Thank you for partnering with us in making Rosemont Forest a safe school for our students.
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