CITRONELLE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County School System confirmed someone was trying to entice students from a Citronelle elementary school.
Meanwhile, the Citronelle police chief said his officers are following up on tips that came in following our news coverage.
A lone police car was parked outside of McDavid-Jones Elementary School in Citronelle following what police said were three failed abductions.
Police Chief Shane Stringer said three different students told similar stories about a man trying to kidnap them.
The news has people in town shaken.
"This is a close knit community. Stuff like this does not happen here," said Derrick Rhodes. "But whoever it is will not get far. We have a good police department."
Parents were upset the school did not notify them anything had happened.
One parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, out of fear for his children's safety, said he is worried about the campus security.
"It really does upset me because my kid did not know anything. The teachers did not say anything to them, and it concerns me that someone could come on campus and approach your kid, very dangerous situation," said the parent.
The Mobile County School System confirmed Friday afternoon someone was "trying to get a kid or kids to go with him."
Officials with the school system said they were still gathering information due to conflicting reports between police and the school.
Nancy Pierce with the Mobile County Public School system said it is increasing school security, but was unable to provide further details.
Parents like Kristina O'Rourke said they are using the situation to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by someone they do not know.
"It sparked the conversation for sure. We made sure they know what to do and if someone approaches them to tell a friend, teacher so someone else will know what is going on," said O'Rourke.
Chief Stringer said at this time they do not know if the suspicious person is from the area or not.
Police said the suspect may be driving a bright green Jeep Cherokee that kids describe as being very dirty.
Police hope it won't be hard to spot and are counting on tips from you.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Citronelle Police Department; the number is 251-866-5527.
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