by: Shae Rozzi Updated:
ATLANTA - Officers in southwest Atlanta spent most of Monday searching for a man who was reportedly driving slowly as two female students walked to Booker T. Washington High School.
“Men prey on children like that and that concerns me a lot,” Joann Thomas told Channel 2’s Shae Rozzi as she picked up her grandson from the school.
According to police, the two girls were walking up Lawton Street SW on their way to school when a man started driving really slowly.
“The girls said the man was acting creepy and they could tell that he wasn’t dressed from the waist down,” Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon told Rozzi.
Lyon also said the man never made eye contact with the girls or tried to talk to them.
When school let out some students said that they hadn’t heard what happened while others said they heard about the incident through rumors.
Thomas believes all the students should’ve been notified.
“They needed to share this with the girls that are walking out here just in case they are walking home and see something,” Thomas said. “And the boys just as well because they could see something.”
Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford told Rozzi that parents of every student would be getting a call with a recorded message from the school describing the police investigation.
He also said that he’s trying to get in touch with each of the three principals that work at Washington’s Early College, school of Banking, Finance & Investment, and school of Health, Science and Nutrition, to see if they made an announcement to students or informed them in any way.
“I need to see if that was done. That’s something that should’ve been done,” Alford said.
Atlanta police believe the man was driving a newer model silver 4-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry, with tinted windows and rims.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.