Madison police are increasing patrols near Lapham Elementary School after a group of second-grade girls reported making contact with a man on the playground on Friday.
Rachel Strauch-Nelson, spokesperson for the Madison Metropolitan School District, said Lapham teachers observed the girls talking near a chain link fence at the school at 1045 E. Dayton St. when a stranger started talking to them from the other side of the fence. The teachers asked the children about the exchange and passed that information on to police, Strauch-Nelson said.
The girls told teachers the man was acting strangely and made a statement similar to, "My mom's in heaven. She's dead." Before smiling and holding his hands out to the students. He then ran in the direction of the school’s parking lot. The girls said the man did not touch them.
A letter was sent home to parents alerting them to the situation.
The man is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin build, short white wavy of curly hair, facial stubble. He was wearing a baggy, brown or gray hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and dirty white tennis shoes.