Hillrise Elementary warns staff, families after report of man inappropriately touching student

Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 19:08:47-04

Teachers and staff at Elkhorn’s Hillrise Elementary School are on high alert after a student reported a man inappropriately touching another student on school grounds.

The incident happened Tuesday during student pick up.

School staff immediately spoke with both students and notified the police.

The children reported seeing the man walking with a woman.

At this time, It's unclear if they were picking up a child.

Police are investigating this case.

Elkhorn Public Schools Superintendent Steve Baker  said that the safety of their students and staff is their priority.

"An incident like this serves as a reminder to always be on alert. We are proud of the students who came forward with this information," Baker said. 

Hillrise School Principal Deb Madden sent an email to parents, informing them of the incident. 


Dear Hillrise Families,

Yesterday evening, a Hillrise student reported seeing an adult male inappropriately touch another student during pick-up. Once we were able to speak with the student in question and corroborate the story—we immediately notified law enforcement. Both children involved reported that the man was walking with a woman they presumed to be his wife. One child reported seeing the couple leave the area in a black van. It is unclear whether or not the man and woman were at the school to pick up a student. The police are working to piece more details together today.

Staff members will be outside the school and near safety patrol stops to help ensure the safety of all our students as school dismisses today and for the foreseeable future. There will also be police present during pick-up today.

 We had some very diligent students who saw something and reported it and we are very proud of them. Please take time today to review stranger danger with your child. We take this issue very seriously and will continue to work closely with police to keep all Hillrise students safe.


Ms. Madden