VISD says man attempting to sell tutoring material a scam

June 6, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.

A man posing as someone contracted through the Victoria school district to sell tutoring material is a scam, school officials said Monday.

The school district has received several calls about the man, who has been going door-to-door in several county neighborhoods, Diane Boyett, school district spokeswoman said.

"He does not in any way, shape or form have a relationship with VISD," Boyett said.

The identity of the man has not been identified.

VISD notified parents at Mission Valley and Aloe elementary schools about the scam Monday night through EduLink, a phone-recording notification system.

Most of the sightings have been outside the city of Victoria, Boyett said.

John Shannon, who lives off of Farm-to-Market Road 236, has had a run-in with the man twice.

The man, who said his named was Matt, stopped by Shannon's home Friday looking for Shannon's grandson, Shannon said.

Shannon's father had told the man they were not interested last week and on Monday, the man showed up again, Shannon said.

"What concerns me is where he got this address and information," Shannon said.

Each time his story changed. First, he was selling tutoring material and then he was working on some sort of book or magazine for the schools, Shannon said.

The man appeared to be about 20 years old, Shannon said.

A Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputy met with Shannon who reported the incident but could not be reached for comment Monday.

Shannon said he could also see papers with students' and teachers' contact information in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

The man was driving a black or dark blue Toyota four-door.

A student's information is public unless a parent signs a form each school year, requesting the school not to release the student's information, Boyett said.

The person seeking the information has to submit a request first, Boyett added.

Shannon said he is worried about children's safety.

"There are these little 5-year-old boys and girls at school and if a pedophile could get that information, that's got me concerned," he said.



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