Local law enforcement have located and questioned a suspicious man who approached students Tuesday at Country View Elementary School east of Winfield.

Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti said deputies met with the man, who was identified through information provided by community members, and told him not to approach children in that manner.

The man broke no specific laws, so he was not arrested, and the sheriff’s office filed no charges, Falletti said. He declined to discuss the man’s reasons for being at the school.

“We are working with the superintendent to make sure the kids are safe and that this person doesn’t show up again on school property,” Falletti said.

Citizens who witness any suspicious activity around schools should call 911, Falletti said.

According to information posted by school officials, a staff member saw the man Tuesday afternoon in the Country View parking lot and approached him. The man reportedly said he was “just checking on some things,” then drove to the playground area and tried to engage some children in conversation. 

The children immediately notified an adult, at which time the man drove away. Students went back inside the building, staff accounted for all of them and notified the school district and law enforcement.

The district dismissed Country View students from school that day under heightened alert.

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