Barefoot Man in Toilet Paper Causes Commotion at Temecula School

Parents were assured the man walking barefoot and draped in toilet paper near Temecula Luiseño Elementary was not armed and did not act in an aggressive manner, a school district official said.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. Dec. 6:

A toilet-paper-wearing man who alarmed parents and school staff Tuesday morning at Temecula Luiseño Elementary was not arrested, a sheriff's official said.

"Several deputies went out there and located the man on Wolf Creek," said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell. "He was never on the school campus and was not attempting to get on campus. The call was a suspicious person and the man was given a ride home."

There was no arrest and no report taken, McConnell said.


A barefoot man draped in toilet paper alarmed parents dropping their children off Tuesday at a Temecula school.

The incident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Temecula Luiseño Elementary School, 45754 Wolf Creek Drive North, a district spokesperson confirmed.

Temecula Valley Unified School District Spokesperson Melanie Norton said the incident was called to the attention of the school's principal, Tim Dignan, by staff and parents who noticed the oddly outfitted man walking on the sidewalk in front of the school.

"(He was) wearing loose fitting clothing and had toilet paper wrapped around his body and head. In one hand he had a roll of toilet paper and in the other a black wallet," Norton said.

When approached by the principal, she said the man did not respond or turn his head to look at him.

"At that time, the principal called 911," Norton said.

In an effort to lead the man away from the school, Norton said Dignan walked alongside him for a few blocks. The principal was aided by a parent who happened to be an off-duty police officer who drove alongside them in his vehicle, she said.

"After walking for a few blocks, the man stopped, took the toilet paper off and began walking back toward the school," Norton said.

By that time, she said five or six parents—all of whom were Military or off-duty officers—were driving alongside the principal and the man.

"As they approached the front of school, two police officers from the Temecula Police Department and a school resource officer were able to take the individual in for questioning without incident," Norton said.

Dignan sent an email and automated phone call to parents immediately after the incident, reassuring parents the man was not armed and did not act in an aggressive manner, Norton said.

"The safety of our students is our utmost concern and we are grateful for the alert parents who first brought this to the attention of school staff as well as those who provided their assistance until the police arrived," Norton said.

Cik Bast December 07, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Temecula Mayor bans Nativity Scene. Where is that story?
Michael December 07, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I think he just forgot Halloween ended a month ago. That, or he just doesn't know how to wipe his bum correctly. But, don't schools and police take this stuff very seriously. It's funny, but, to make precautionary decisions, shouldn't they have put the local schools on lockdown. Gardner (which is less than a mile away), Great Oak (about a mile) and Redhawk (right up the street). I'm surprised they didn't take this stuff as serious. After, Columbine and some other school shootings they usually take this stuff serious. I would have been in 2nd period at Great Oak and nothing happened. Pretty funny though, I was thinking in that class around the same time, what would happened if someone starting shooting bullets into our classroom. Weird, that at that same time a crazy dude was making people scared.
Galactic Cannibal December 07, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Have u forgotten about separation of State from Religion. But we print " IN GOD WE TRUST" on our dollar bills. Like I said many times HYPOCRISY Rules America.
Brenda December 07, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Is that true CIk? I did not catch that article if it. :/
Brenda December 07, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I think it would have been hard for him to get to those schools on foot with TP trailing before they got everyone inside and the gates locked Michael, LOL. Wonder if he got there by car? Or on Foot? Wonder if we will hear the end result? If he was a medical patient, mental etc. we probably will not hear anything as the PD would have just picked him up and returned him home. Not knowing what age he is from this article leaves it all up in the air really. He didnt commit any crimes so it would not be necessary to make a police report, just an incident report if even that.
Galactic Cannibal December 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Just North of us in the green states of Oregon and Washington. The people have spoken, and by a big majority voted to legalize Marijuana. But wait, in this so-called "Land of the Free " The feds are about to ignore that democratic vote, and arrest those who smoke Marijuana in Oregon and Washington. So maybe this guy in the toilet paper suite walking outside the school , was getting ready to move up to Washington and away from the Fed controlled state of California where the feds smash down doors and drag citizens off to prison for using Marijuana. Suggest we call the US "The Land of the Partially Free", a more apt description in this case. The Washington and Oregon law will test OBAMA and see if he has any balls (guts). Both states voted for him as did California.
Cash December 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
This guy should of been held on a 5150. For his own sake and the sake of the public. Nice going Temecula Police, FAIL.
Galactic Cannibal December 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hey Dude , Unless you were a witness to this man's condition at the time of incident, How can you suggest holding him on a 5150 To hold a person on a 5150 the person MUST be A danger to self . A danger to others Gravely Disabled Dude, you don't throw people into a psychiatric prison, based on hearsay. As you seem to suggest. And as for your comment "nice going Temecula Police, FAIL" What exactly do you mean ...dude
Brenda December 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Cash, Once they talked to him, got his history, they would decide what to do. I am sure there is family out there who interjected on his behalf and told them what is going on with him. Again we do not know his age or his history to say the PD should take him in on a 5150. A 5150 would mean he was an immediate harm to himself or others, and its mostly himself. I am sure he is home now with someone watching over him a little closer and we may never know what his age is, or what is/wrong with him.
dick weed December 08, 2012 at 01:42 PM
maybe this guy did this to only later read all of this stuff, i found it very entertaining and lmao reading these reply's, wow, and people are police and government is becoming more and more like the Nazis from 1933-34 to 1939-40 and are police or DB's these days are more like the wafen S.S. thugs history always repeats itself or so they say ?, and the guy was ether not right or making a point, or like the other fella said, he thought it was still Halloween
dick weed December 08, 2012 at 01:45 PM
oh on the mayor and the Nativity thing, someone should drive by his house and and see if he is flying a Nazi flag, free country what a joke
No one December 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Here comes Los Angeles and the people's republic of Santa Monica. Just what I was trying to escape!
Brenda December 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I moved from Whittier in Southern Los Angeles County to Middle San Diego area, Tierrasanta, beautiful, never any crime, and awesome. Moved up here to buy the big house ya know and have to say I have watched Temecula go from a small little town with no crime and everyone is nice, countrish, to seeing more crime then I ever saw in San Diego each day. And Whittier, even though the gangs had started to move south into that area, still never seen the crime each day we see here. San Diego cant compare cause that is the entire county so I will say Northern San Diego, and Whittier is a much larger city then Temecula. Just seems like when the housing and economy took the big dump in 07 that all the riff raff moved in or got desperate? Hell I dont know but its rather disturbing and this post really has nothing to do with this man as he was/is so far just a confused person lost, off his meds, snuck out of the house from his caretaker or some such thing. Read the jail records everyday, so many drunks and drugs, and makes me wonder how many we miss. That doesnt include other crimes or other calls or minors. Still pumping coffee into this ole gal hope all that made sense, LOL if not just hit Flag as Inappropriate please :)
Galactic Cannibal December 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
So if I dress up in rolls of ass paper , take off my shoes, and walk near a school or in a Mall. I will get arrested and even be considered for a 5150 charge. So much for the "Land of the Free" or should that read "Land of the Partially Free". The thing that scares me most, is getting stopped by one of our DB Cops I took a friends advise a few years back he said When you are stopped ..SAY NOTHING and NEVER verbally challenge the DB Cop. since he/she has the gun. DB = Donut Belly
Brenda December 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
READ UPDATE AT TOP OF ARTICLE It says he was taken home by the police. Not arrested, not charged with anything :) Just as we thought a "wellness check" and that was it, besides he didnt do anything illegal.
TVOR December 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I bet the local cops just love talking to you don't they?
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM
I was one of those parents, and this was a case of "better safe than sorry" because I watched him walk slowly, right in front of the school on the sidewalk, "which is his right ofcourse" but it is also our right and obligation, to be aware of our surroundings, especially when our children are involved, and although nothing happened, and he seems to me like he knew exactly how to play his game, and not sure what his agenda was, but he walked slowly, barefooted, toilet paper looking like white cloth or something at first, then you just see a small section that was left out of the toilet paper in his hand, so all we could see is something black, hmmm, yeah, good job, and then walking at the perfect time in the morning , with 100's of elementary kids walking by him and parents, and then as expected the principal was simply alerted, and he just asked nicely how he was doing, and did he need any help, and the man ignored him, looking straight ahead, as he walked along side of him for 3 blocks, which was the litlle kiddie park, stood there, glanced around and took the toilet paper off slowly, threw in the garbage, (wasnt seeming to have any function or disoriented signs to me)then started back the other direction right back towards the school, while us parents slowly drove along side, without saying a word or harrassing him. ofcourse he did everything right to not be breaking a single law, perfect, but this is considered suspicious activity worth reporting, and I am happy we did
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I love you Christine,,you are like me, and although he didnt do anything, we never know until it's over do we? too many stories about a person who people thought looked suspicious but thought it was because of this or that, and must not be a big deal since people are weird until after that person busts out a rifle at an elementary school (in san diego for instance ) and starts shooting at kids, and didnt even know anyone there, and was going to actually choose a different one at first but there were too many parents and a police office nearby or something, so he went to another one, so if we can deter someone who "may' or "may not " have intentions then we all should always do this, the right way, not interacting or harrassing him, but simply watch the person, and report to police so that they can make the decision and they want you to help them by doing this, not meaning call 911 for every little thing, but always, ALWAYS, at least call the non emergency number and let them decide, and they will always go check on the actiivity, and guess what, communities and police that stick together this way, will definitely deter those who look for opportunities, and will look for easier victims to go for. Yup, like you said, "BETTER SAFE, THAN SORRY". :)
Shannan Buffolino December 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM
your breakdown of why parents were -alert and concerned, - (which you call "scared") by a "few rolls of toilet paper" , which we werent scared of toilet paper my friend, and I just dont want to go into how you always post things that are just ways of getting attention to your, what you think are clever replies to everyone else and are always negative to our police. It's really a waste of time actually.
No one December 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
We are seeing an increase in homeless wondering around our streets. Some cities give "free" bus ride to homeless or the mentally ill to get rid of them. This man may not have been a danger to anyone but himself, but we need to error on the side of caution-always especially when young children are around. Los Angeles has had countless attacks by mentally ill people or by their being a victim. Nothing wrong with stopping someone and asking questions. It is not a violation of any rights. It is our right to live in a safe community.
Shannan Buffolino December 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
EVERYONE READ THIS!!! 27 ELEMENTARY KIDS SHOT THIS MORNING. IN THIS ARTICLE I JUST SAW!!! SO WHO IS GOING TO TELL ME US PARENTS WERE STUPID FOR BEING CAUTIOUS HERE THAT MORNING LAST WEEK AGAIN!!!!http://gma.yahoo.com/breaking-conn-school-district-locked-down-shooting-report-151955384--abc-news-topstories.html
Shannan Buffolino December 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Shannan Buffolino December 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I mean 27 people shot,,,mostly elementary kids..
Shannan Buffolino December 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Brenda December 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I am very upset too Shannan, the lives on innocent babies for Gods sake and this is when I question Gods motives. Why not have struck down the man who did this with a heart attack before he did it :/ Why Lord let this happen? Also I agree Shannan as I said throughout this article that yes the man was watched carefully, the Principal walked with him, and the off duty military, cops in their cars beside him, and made sure he did not have a weapon and that he was not a danger to the anyone. To make sure of that they kept walking him away from the school, he did not have any weapons, the cops found out who he was and took him home. Probably a mentally disturbed man or an older man with Parkinsons or Alzehimers. But we can never be too careful, thus the reason this man had plenty of people around him in case he made a move against anyone.
Shannan Buffolino December 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
@brenda, you are so right..I am sitting here watching it on the news..and I cant stop crying..my husband keeps trying to tell me that it is horrible but I cant keep crying and watching it..but I cant stop..it hurts my heart so badly...:(
Brenda December 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I cant watch it but my daughter says the latest is possibly that- 1. he is 20, his son goes to the school and his wife, childs mother is a teacher there 2. someone, another woman is dead at their home 3. a 2nd person appears to have been arrested who might have had something to do with it. 4. he came in during an office meeting of some sort You all are probably hearing the same things atm. Dont have any why, why, why would a young man with everything ahead of him in life even in a litttle bohunk town kill children and innocent people for any reason.? Or then the obvious that he is totally insane. He could have stopped the idea and gotten help anytime between the time he thought of it up through getting dressed up with guns, bullet proof vest, mask, and went to schoo. A bell should have went off in his head I NEED HELP NOW
Shannan Buffolino December 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Wow, Michael, were you really seriously thinking that? That kind of thing IS weird, because sometimes I feel that some things are signs. Maybe you had some kind of ability and so did this guy to see something..maybe he was just giving a sign too..who knows, but it is so sad today what happened..
Michael December 16, 2012 at 04:55 PM
That is why my mom doesn't watch the news. She hates it.
No one December 17, 2012 at 04:43 AM
All wrong information. What gives?


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