Principal: Man went onto school grounds at Berwyn Heights Elementary School, followed students home

- Police in Prince George’s County are keeping a close eye on students at Berwyn Heights Elementary School after a man walked onto school property twice in one day and then followed kids home.

The incidents happened on Jan. 25 and prompted the school’s principal to send a letter home to parents while the Berwyn Heights Police Department has provided extra patrols at the school.

One parent told FOX 5 the man was trying to take pictures of the students, but police could not confirm that.

Berwyn Heights principal Amanda Alerich wrote in a letter sent to parents that a man came to campus twice – at recess and dismissal. He was told to leave school grounds by staff both times and the principal went on to say the man also followed a group of students home in a tan-colored car.

School officials said they brought students back inside the school and the man never made it inside the school. Police said they responded quickly after being informed by the school about the incidents.

Police said the man was tracked down, but not arrested. They said they made it clear to him that if he returned to the school, he would be arrested for trespassing.

“The patrol officers were able to identify who he was," said Berwyn Heights Det. Sgt. Dan Unger. "They actually made contact with the individual. As far as we know, no laws have been broken yet.”

A parent told FOX 5 receiving the letter from the principal was concerning, but is pleased to know police are stepping up patrols. However, the parent doesn't understand why the man wasn't arrested.

“Typically, they have to be notified that they are trespassing," Unger said. "Once they are notified, certainly they can charged with trespassing.”

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