Unauthorized man escorted out of Cartersville High


An unauthorized  man entered a Cartersville High School building Wednesday through an open door an hour prior to school starting, according to a press release posted on the Cartersville City School System's Facebook page.

According to the post, the man entered the building through a door that had been propped open by students who were at the school for a meeting.

Video surveillance revealed the man entered the building at 7:36 a.m. At 7:38 a.m., a school administrator approached him and at 7:39 a.m. a campus police officer and the school administrator escorted him from the campus. According to video surveillance footage, no students were engaged by the man and he was escorted off campus without incident or altercation.

However, parent Lisa Edmondson said the man made suggestive remarks to her daughter and another girl and then said, "I'm not going to hurt you," as he walked away.

Cartersville City Schools spokesperson Cheree Dye said Edmondson's daughter was probably correct about the man talking to her.

 "Our video surveillance footage shows that he walked past a small group of students; however, he never stopped to directly engage or to speak to the students or any staff members," she wrote in an email response. "We do not doubt our students when they say he spoke to them on his way down the hall because he never stopped talking the entire three minutes he was on the CHS campus. The Cartersville Police Department school resource officer intervened, interviewed and escorted him off campus. "

Cartersville Police Lt. Mike Bettikoffer said there was no report filed because the man wasn't arrested, but a criminal trespass warning was issued.