Fort Worth police are looking for a man who exposed himself Tuesday to a 9-year-old girl who was walking home from school in the Stop Six neighborhood.
The incident occurred right after school let out in the 2500 block of Marlin Street, just two blocks from Logan Elementary.
Police said the man pulled up alongside the girl in a white work van, opened the doors and exposed himself. Police said the man was masturbating.
The girl was unharmed and ran home.
"We are asking the community for their help, because we need to get this guy identified and possibly off the street if he's messing with our children," Officer Sharron Neal said.
Police and the school district warned parents and the public about the incident, and police cars were visible in the surrounding area on Thursday.
Leticia Lopez read the note about the incident that Fort Worth school district sent home while she walked home with her children Thursday afternoon.
"Yes, it's scary," she said. "I got five girls. I got seven kids. Imagine that; it's kind of scary."
The district sent home the note to parents to help spread the word about the man and his vehicle. They said they hope the note would also start a needed conversation.
"We hope that parents will use this as an opportunity to talk to their children about knowing what plan they need to have in the event that something like this does confront them," Fort Worth Independent School District spokesman Clint Bond said.
Lopez said she is grateful that the district let her know about the incident.
"That's a good note to let us parents know," she said.
While police want the public's help, they urge residents not to contact the. Anyone who sees him should write down his license plate and call police, they said.