‘Intent not known’ for Thorndale track incident

A man with a long beard, driving a white pickup truck, asked students at the Thorndale High School track “if they wanted to see his baseball cards” Monday.

The students said “no” and immediately told a coach.

That’s essentially it in an “incident” that became a Facebook flurry early this week.

Police Chief Martin Jackson said his department investigated. “ The students did exactly the right thing,” he said. “They told the guy ‘no,’ and went to inform the coach.”

“ The police and school district stress that students are not supposed to talk to strangers and these students followed that precisely,” he said.

The person involved was not located. “ We don’t know his intent,” Jackson said. “The point is, we want to be pro-active, and keep something from happening, rather than have to react when something very bad happens.”

Jackson said the students never came in physical contact with the man.

“There was a fence in between them,” he said. “ The man was outside the fence.”

Jackson said police routinely patrol the school area.

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