Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:42
After more than six days with no additional sightings of black SUVs around Syosset schools, Superintendent Ronald Friedman updated parents last week on the incidents that have kept parents, school officials and police on high alert for weeks.
Multiple black SUV sightings had been reported around Syosset school campuses, most of which were identified as belonging to either parents or the district’s bus company.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and not for any other reason, we kept children in for recess in all schools last Tuesday, and in Baylis only for the remainder of the week and yesterday,” said Friedman in a letter to parents. "Today, the children went outside for a normal lunch recess at Baylis as well. Police monitored the situation, and we had all staff ‘on the lookout’ for any more sightings, but nothing has happened since.”
Three weeks ago a school monitor at J. Irving Baylis School on Woodbury Road noticed a black SUV on two different days in the parking lot during lunch. Both times when the monitor approached the vehicle, it left the property.
After a police report was filed and all schools in the district were alerted, a security guard at Robbins Lane School noticed a similar vehicle stopped across Robbins Lane from the school. That driver was identified as an employee of the district’s transportation contractor performing required bus driver observations. Another black SUV was reported at the school but that driver was identified as a parent dropping off his child. The only reported SUV that remains unidentified was the first one seen on two occasions at Baylis Elementary.
“I can’t provide any more closure, other than to say that, over many years of being a school superintendent, I’ve learned that such incidents, and more, are a sad fact of life,” said Friedman. “In almost all school systems, they will happen from time to time. I know we live in a world where: A) we can’t ever be too vigilant when it comes to our children’s safety, and B) people want to know what exactly is going on, and like to be kept apprised of the details in such unfortunate circumstances. That’s about it—I’m glad it’s not more, and I hope we have no more such sightings.”