Man spotted approaching elementary school children in Midland

Published: Sep. 5, 2018 at 7:39 PM CDT
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A Facebook post by Barbara Fasken PTA caught CBS 7's attention Wednesday morning. It claimed that a man in a black truck was at two Midland schools trying to pick up children.

The post stated that the man was spotted driving a black four door truck at both Fasken and Greathouse elementary schools.

According to the post, he approached children and asked them if they wanted a ride home.

Midland Police said there isn't a formal police report filed, but they are aware of the situation.

Greathouse Elementary parents said the principal does a good job keeping them informed.

“I received an email from the principal, and my mom had seen it on Facebook and she sent it to me," mother Brandi Onate said. "I also have a Nextdoor app and I heard it through there. There are a lot of concerned parents on that Nextdoor app.”

"I feel like it is growing and danger is always there, but I feel like they do a good job to keep us safe," mother Nicole Hastey said.

Midland ISD released this statement to CBS 7:

"The safety of our students is our top priority. We commend our parents and students for 'seeing something and saying something'. We encourage our community to contact law enforcement immediately if they see anything or anyone suspicious around our campuses. Our police department and campus administration will remain vigilant and keep a careful lookout for our students."

As for Onate, she said she will be coming 20 minutes early everyday to get a close parking spot to pick up her daughter.

"There's a lot of craziness going on, but you never think it's this close to your child," Onate said. "When it comes to your kids, or anybody's kids, you want them to get home safely."