El Dorado County sheriff’s officials are looking for a man who reportedly went to a Montessori school in Pollock Pines and accused employees of teaching students to be terrorists.
A deputy was dispatched to Pine Top Montessori School about 9:30 a.m. Monday regarding a suspicious occupied vehicle. The school reported that a man had come onto the school grounds and told employees they were teaching children to become terrorists.
The man was seen driving a white Volvo sedan, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
When the deputy arrived, the man and the vehicle were gone. The man was described as about 55 years old, 6 feet tall, with an average build and gray hair.
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Sheriff’s officials said the man had asked school staff about the nationalities of people at the school. He reportedly said that college students were being taught how to join the Islamic State and that Chinese people were terrorists, sheriff’s officials said. When he returned to his car, staff members called the Sheriff’s Office.
The man then returned to the front door of the school and found it locked. He knocked and asked to enter, but staff members refused. The man returned to his car and drove away.
No students came into contact with the man, school officials said. The school offers preschool programs.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655, or via the Sheriff’s Office website, edso.org.