Mukwonago Area School District — A local pastor doing a good deed when driving past Rolling Hills Elementary Schools on Nov. 11 resulted in extra police patrols going past the school the next day.
After learning that the incident had been on the news, the man left a message with the school over the weekend reassuring everyone that there was nothing to worry about. Rolling Hills Principal Nick Reichhoff talked to the pastor, who asked to remain unnamed, on Monday.
"A local pastor has stepped forward identifying himself as the man who threw the ball back onto our playground," Reichoff said in a message to families. He confirmed that the ball rolled across the road as he approached the building on Highway NN. He then returned after realizing that he dropped his reading glasses on the shoulder."
After the incident on Thursday, Reichhoff sent a letter to parents stating that a man in his early 50s, driving a dark green Pontiac Sunfire, pulled onto the shoulder on Highway NN, got out of the car, threw a ball over the fence that had bounced into the ditch, returned to the car and drove away.
He returned within about 20 minutes, Reichhoff said, and was walking along both sides of the road. He told students through the fence that he was looking for his glasses.
The recess monitor called students away from the fence both times, the letter stated. When she approached the area, the man returned to his car and left. Nothing inappropriate occurred, according to the letter.
Reichoff said he notified the police and nearby elementary schools as a safety precaution.
The letter was sent to parents to make them aware of the facts; however, by Friday morning, Reichhoff said he had heard some inaccuracies regarding the situation. He called the building staff together Friday "to make sure they knew what was going on."
"Unfortunately, sometimes well-intentioned actions can seem suspicious. Our playground supervisors will continue to be vigilant about reporting anything that could seem out of the ordinary to the office. We are, however, relieved that this incident was an innocent one," Reichoff said.