PATERSON, NJ- A before school incident in which three female students walking to School Number 12 on Tuesday were approached by a man driving a white van is under investigation by the Paterson Police Department.

According to an automated telephone message delivered by Paterson Public Schools, the man, described as a tall African-American male with glasses, left his vehicle and proceeded to chase the girls. The girls made it to school unharmed.

“Your child’s safety is our top priority,” according to the message. “Please remind your children to avoid strangers and avoid walking alone.”

Anyone with information about this incident, or who witnesses any suspicious activity involving a tall, African-American male with glasses, or a white van is asked to notify the Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.