The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three reports of a man approaching or videotaping children near local schools.

Two Gallatin Gateway School children reported that a man in a dark-colored SUV approached them at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, causing the kids to run back to school, according to the sheriff’s office.

Later that day, five Manhattan Christian School kids were walking home at 5:45 p.m. when they saw a man in a SUV watching and possibly videotaping them, according to a sheriff’s office report. A similar report of a man videotaping kids playing at the school was made at 7:15 p.m.

In the Gallatin Gateway incident, no threats were made, and the man didn’t grab the children, the sheriff’s office reported.

A letter to Gallatin Gateway parents states that the incident happened west of the school. It states that the students were a 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl.

The SUV driver stuck his head out the window and attempted to get the students to come to him, the letter states.

When the students ran, the man drove east past the school toward U.S. Highway 191, according to the letter.

The sheriff’s office advises parents and teachers to watch children when they are outside school or walking between school and home.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 582-2100 or Crimestoppers at 586-1131.


ORIGINAL REPORT: Two Gallatin Gateway School children reported that a man in a dark-colored SUV approached them Thursday, causing the kids to run back to school.

No threats were made, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, and the man didn't grab the children.

A letter to Gallatin Gateway parents states that the incident happened at 12:30 p.m. west of the school. It states that the students were a 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl.

The SUV driver stuck his head out the window and attempted to get the students to come to him, the letter states.

When the students ran, the vehicle drove east past the school toward U.S. Highway 191, according to the letter.

People should watch their children and students when they are outside school or walking between school and home.

The sheriff's office would like to speak with the man regarding the incident. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 582-2100 or Crimestoppers at 586-1131.

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