Fowler

Fowler Elementary School is seen in July 2014.

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Killeen school officials telephoned Fowler Elementary School parents this afternoon to alert them about a report of a man wearing a half ski mask who tried to lure students to his car today, according to a news release from Killeen Independent School District.

Fowler Elementary Principal Joyce Lauer sent a recorded message to parents ahead of the 3 p.m. dismissal time today after three students said a man tried to convince them to go to his car this morning as they walked to school. The children refused to go with the man, and made it safely to school. No one was harmed, according to KISD.

Killeen police are investigating the report and Killeen ISD police have increased patrols in the area of Fowler, 4910 Katy Creek Lane.

The students said the man was about 6-foot-1 and was holding car keys and wearing a half ski mask that covered the bottom portion of his face.

The students said they were walking down a sidewalk on Auburn Drive near Griffith Loop between 7:15 and 7:35 a.m. today when the man approached them, according to KISD.

“Police and security officials are working closely with us at Fowler Elementary School to make sure students stay safe,” Principal Lauer said. “We encourage parents this afternoon and every school day to help us to keep watch over our students as they travel to and from school. Please help us to remind students to never get into a car with or go somewhere with a stranger, and to always report any safety concern.”

Below is the prepared message from the principal’s phone call to parents:

“This is Joyce Lauer, principal of Fowler Elementary School, calling with an important message for parents regarding student safety.

Three Fowler Elementary School students who walked to school this morning have reported to us that they were approached by an unidentified man who tried to convince them to get into his car. The students said this man was a white male about 6-feet-one-inches tall and that he was wearing a half ski mask that partially covered his face, and he was holding car keys. The students said they did not see the man’s car. No one was harmed, and the three students made it safely to school.

The students said they were walking down a sidewalk on Auburn Drive near Griffith Loop when the man approached them.

Killeen Police are investigating, and the school district police department has increased police patrols in the area. Police and security officials are working closely with us at Fowler Elementary School to make sure students stay safe.

We encourage parents this afternoon and every school day to help us to keep watch over our students as they travel to and from school. Please help us to remind students to never get into a car with or go somewhere with a stranger, and to always report any safety concern.

Thank you. Again, this is Joyce Lauer, principal of Fowler Elementary School.”

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