Police investigating suspicious incident near Lincoln elementary school

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Police are investigating after three children said they were approached by an unknown man in a white van outside their elementary school on Monday.

LPD said around 4 p.m. the children, who are between ages 5 and 8, were walking near Lakeview Elementary when a man in a white van approached them.

Lakeview Elementary is located near Capitol Beach in Lincoln.

Police said the man told the kids to get in the car and the oldest child told them all to run. The children ran back to the school and told an adult, who called the police.

LPD said officers are on scene checking for surveillance footage and looking for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LPD at 402-441-6000.

On Monday night, Lincoln Public Schools sent the following message home to parents:

Lakeview families,

We want to make you aware of an incident reported to us that occurred off of school property after school today as it serves as an important reminder.

Students who were walking home together after school today ran back to the school and reported to staff that they were approached by an unknown adult in a white van. The children report that the adult told them to get into the van. The students did the right thing and ran back to the school to report it to a trusted adult. We immediately contacted Lincoln Police to investigate.

We are working with the Lincoln Police Department and continue to watch for any suspicious activity. If you have any information that might assist Lincoln Police in their investigation, please contact the Lincoln Police Department at (402)441-6000 or Lincoln Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600.

We are glad the students are safe and that they did the right thing by telling a trusted adult immediately. We encourage all families to speak with their children about safety plans when walking to and from school, and about telling a trusted adult right away when something happens that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Kellie Joy, Principal