WESTLAKE – A 17-year-old was seen lunging at children on their way to Hilliard Elementary School on Thursday morning.
The teenager was taken into custody around 11 a.m. at his home in Westlake after Hilliard Elementary School students said he approached them on their way to school.
Around 8 a.m., four students told a crossing guard near their school that the teenager had approach them only a block from the school. Three of the students said the 17-year-old lunged at them as they walked and biked past him. A fourth student said he tried to topple over his bike. The four students were unharmed and the teenager had left the area shortly after the incident.
Members of the Westlake Police Department recognized the teenager as a former student of the school and took him into custody a few hours later, according to Westlake Police.
The teenager could face charges of disorderly conduct, attempted assault and inducing panic.
Superintendent Dan Keenan said the aftermath of the incident is indicative of how quickly the school district works to inform the public.
Keenan explained that the school district utilizes a system called “Blackboard Connect” – which has names and phone numbers of all students’ parents - to alert the community about any incidents immediately after they occur.
“We take (cases like this) very seriously,” Keenan said.