Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 23, 2013

Suspect sketch issued

Kemp PD trying to ID man who entered junior high, approached two young girls

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Kemp Police Department has released a forsensic artist sketch of a person wanted in an attempting kidnapping cased that occurred on Monday, August 19.  The attemped kidnapping happed at the Kemp Junior High School campus.

According to information, two young girls were making spirit signs for cheerleading and were cleaning paint brushes in the girls restroom of an auxiliary gym when the alleged incident happened. Reports indicate the attacker pushed his way through a set of double doors and then disappeared into the woods nearby. Neither girl was physically harmed.

Kemp ISD Superintendent Sam Swierc posted the following letter on its website. The letter was addresssed to parents, guardians and school community members of Kemp ISD:

“I am providing information to you parents, guardians and school community members of students of Kemp ISD regarding an incident that occurred Monday, August 19, 2013, at the Kemp Junior High Campus.

The district, along with the City of Kemp Police Department and The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, is continuing their investigation of an unknown unauthorized person approaching a student in an inappropriate way. Let me be clear that there was no abduction, kidnapping or assault as some sources are indicating.

The district reaction to this incident is of a very serious nature. The procedure to deal with this situation is and continues to be appropriate and on-going. Several meetings during the summer as well as since the incident have been conducted with directors, principals, coaches and sponsors regarding the supervision, safety and security for all students.

The district has updated its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This plan will be posted on-line and available for anyone to view at the district website. The district has replaced and updated some of its security camera systems on the campuses with a new system being considered at the Primary campus. The district has requested assistance from our local and county law enforcement agencies to help with the beginning of school and having a continuing presence in the district.   

As Superintendent of Kemp ISD, I am assuring all constituents of Kemp ISD that the district has been and will continue to be vigilant and maintain a constant effort to ensure that all measures to keep our children, staff and members of our school community safe and secure. This is our responsibility and we will adhere to the best practices of maintaining a protective environment for students of Kemp ISD and stakeholders at all times. Accountability for our students is our No. 1 priority. Anything less is unacceptable.”

Kemp Police Chief Jimmy Council says they are beefing up security on school campuses. If anyone recognizes the person in the sketch contact Kemp Police Department at 903-498-3191.