Issaquah School District Administrators were on edge Thursday morning as a "suspicious" man in the nearby neighborhood attracted the attention of the local neighborhood watch and police.
Sammamish parents and neighborhood watch volunteers, perhaps wary after the tragic Sandy Hook Shootings last December in Connecticut, began reporting the presence of a man on Trossach Blvd. at around 8 a.m.
Natalie Fowler, Cascade Ridge Elementary Principal, told parents a few hours later in an email that police had been contacted "as a precaution".
"They do not feel there is any threat to safety at this time," she wrote. "Thanks for your phone calls to let us know of the situation. We appreciate the community’s diligence in keeping our school safe."
Sammamish Police spokesperson Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said police contacted the man soon after they were called and spoke to him, and determined his motives for being there were related to some sort of work he'd performed in the past at a nearby residence.
"We have no reason to suspect he's up to no good," she said.
Sgt Sullivan applauded the response from the school and local residents involved in citizens block watch, who also contacted police.
"We tell people if you see something unusual or suspicous to contact us immediately," she said. "We respond to this kind of thing all the time. This was somebody that the neighbors didn't recognize."