Last week, police responded to a call at Paul Revere Elementary School about a middle-aged man who was creating a disturbance just outside the schoolyard. When officers arrived, the man was “running around” acting strangely — and was shirtless, police said.
The odd behavior wasn’t the only cause for concern. Police soon discovered the man, who cops declined to identify, was a registered sex offender. But cops had to let the man go because he was not doing anything illegal, according to the Police Department’s sexual offender unit.
“He never went onto the school grounds … and he never attempted to make contact with the kids,” said Inspector James Serna of the Police Department’s sexual offender unit.
The man has had to register as a sex offender due to a misdemeanor sexual battery conviction in 2001, Serna said.
Lorraine Orlandi, co-president of the Parent Teachers Association at Paul Revere, said parents were concerned about the shirtless man’s antics. But she said the police dealt with the situation and that there is no fear on campus that the man would harm children.
“Obviously, I wouldn’t want our children to be exposed,” Orlandi said, adding that there would be cause for concern if the man had attempted to come in contact with the children. “The police came, they handled it, and I don’t think we could prevent people from walking past the school.”