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Madison Alder says wrong information via the internet caused unneccessary panic

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The playground at Elvehjem Elementary School in Madison which abuts the wooded area in question. The playground at Elvehjem Elementary School in Madison which abuts the wooded area in question.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Elvehjem Elementary School Principal Craig Campbell sent students hope with letter for their parents, giving them the most up to date information on an incident that happened at the school's playground Thursday afternoon.

It says around 5:00 pm Thursday, a man around 16 years old asked a 13-year-old girl at the playground about where a particular street was. He checked around the corner of the school building, then grabbed the girl by the pant leg. The girl screamed and the man ran off.

The information comes from updated information provided by Madison police Friday morning.

But East side alder Judy Compton is upset with a report on a local Madison TV station's website, which said the girl was dragged toward a nearby wooded area before she got away and called police.

"The parents put it on a website, which is good, they sent an e-mail around, but it caused a lot of damage it was an improper handling of the story," Compton says.

Compton says the internet story caused a lot of grief to both parents and staff at the school.

Still school officials are using the incident as a learning experience to teach kids safety measures about how to avoid strangers.

When police first released information on the incident at Elvehjem Thursday night, it did indicate that investigators believed the young man tried to drag the girl.

The information was clarified and updated around 10:00am Friday, but the TV stations web story was not updated as of 10:30pm Friday night.

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