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Parents in SeaTac on alert for flasher

SEATAC — Parents in SeaTac can’t believe there’s been another case of a man exposing himself to children. This time, it happened in their neighborhood at McMicken Heights Elementary School.

“West Seattle seemed close, but now it’s right here a couple blocks away,” says Jon McGeary. ”It obviously makes you not comfortable.”

BU935t7CAAAlU_UAfter hearing about the latest case, McGeary made sure to pick his daughter up from school Tuesday.

“She could ride the bus, but I figure its close enough and I’m unemployed right now, so I might as well make sure she’s safe.”

The Highline School District said it was an alert mom that saw the flahser in his car Monday morning.

“Once the mom made eye contact with the individual in the car, he got in the car and sped off,” says communications director Catherine Carbone Rogers.

The principal sent a letter home with students, so parents had the description of the suspect:  a white man with gray hair around 50, driving a two-door white Toyota.

“We did have additional security and police presence yesterday and at nearby schools,” says Carbone Rogers. “We wanted to make sure we were looking out for this guy.”

It’s not clear if this suspect is the same one seen outside two West Seattle schools last week. The physical description and vehicle appear to be different. But parents in SeaTac say they’re going to keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious, and talk to their kids about staying safe.

“How do you teach them that not all strangers are bad, but you need to be careful?” asks Deirdre Bagocki.

“You don’t want to get too in detail,” says McGeary. “You try to explain in a way that they understand it’s bad, stay away from strangers.”

Anyone with information about the SeaTac or West Seattle cases is asked to call 9-1-1.

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