The latest in a string of disturbing incidents occurring on or near school grounds in Levittown allegedly involves a man shadowing school buses and saying obscene things to girls.
According to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Robert Davis, these particular incidents involved school buses assigned to Wisdom Lane Middle School on Center Lane. Davis said there were two or three sightings of this individual.
"It was consistently in the same place," Davis said. "In the Ranch Lane, Amber Lane area."
Davis said the incidents were reported to Nassau County police immediately and they have since spoken to the individual.
"To my knowledge, they did not arrest the person at that particular time because the person had apparently not done anything illegal," Davis said.
Similar but unrelated incidents occurred in February involving a man exposing himself to female MacArthur High School students. Davis sent a letter home to the entire district.
"In the last five years I may have only sent two or three letters home to the entire district," Davis said, further explaining that these incidents happened right before the winter break and the letter was the only way to spread the word.
A May 18 letter was sent to the homes of Abbey Lane Elementary School, Wisdom Lane and MacArthur students.
"We try to minimize hysteria with our notification system," Davis explained. "We do a lot of different things at a lot of different levels and it's rare that we send out 8,000 letter on these kinds of incidences. We target our population."
From notifying principals and PTA members to telling kids in school and sending letters home to district students, the administration covers all avenues, he said.
"We even go as far as checking New York's Megan's Law website to see if the descriptions match someone on there," Davis continued. "We would even use a private investigator if necessary and have done so in the past. We do notify some of the private schools, but we don't send letters to the private schools because we don't have their mailing lists."
Levittown resident Patricia Patane said she thinks these letters should be sent to all homes in the district, including those of children who attend private schools outside the area. Patane, whose child attends a private school out of district, said it was the district's responsibility to do so.
"If they don't have the vehicle in order to notify all the people that go to the private schools, then who does?" Patane inquired.
Patane is certain a list of all the homes in the district exists because she receives bussing letters and budget vote notifications each year.
"Sometimes you have to think outside of the box in order to find that kind of avenue," Patane said.