A man contacted a local high school posing as a university official and we're told it was a ploy to get in touch with a student.
The La Marque Police Department is trying to figure out who that man is and La Marque ISD says an administrative investigation is also underway because proper procedure wasn't followed in this case.
The district says it all started when a man called La Marque ISD, claiming he was from a university and wanted to offer a student a scholarship. Instead of giving out the student's information, a worker relayed a message to the student. But police say when that student called the man, the conversation was alarming, suggestive and inappropriate.
"It's scary to think that someone is preying on our students under the guise of a scholarship," said parent Kym Howard.
La Marque ISD says it's taking the incident very seriously, notifying parents of the situation and reviewing proper procedures with staff. The superintendent says the district wants to make sure students and staff are always protected and aware.
In this case, the student did the right thing -- notifying her parents who in turn contacted law enforcement. But parents are still uneasy about the entire situation.
"As parents we're definitely concerned about it. And I'm probably going to contact the school and see what measures are being taken to ensure it doesn't happen again," said parent Mike Hardeman.
La Marque police say they have tried to make contact with the man, but he isn't answering his phone. They are planning to subpoena his phone records in an effort to learn his identity.
La Marque ISD says the man also claimed to be affiliated with a local church, but after calling both the church and the university, it was determined he wasn't affiliated with either.