Kelso Police and Sheriff’s Deputies checked the area around Barnes Elementary School yesterday afternoon, after school staff reported that a man had come out of some bushes and started following some girls walking home from school. The Barnes Principal called Officers shortly before 3 pm, relaying a report from a pre-school staffer. They report that three middle-school age girls were walking away from the school when a man carrying a soccer ball came out of some bushes and started following the girls. The man was described as a hispanic male in his late 30’s, about 5’8″, and wearing a green long-sleeve fleece. Officers and Deputies checked the area, but didn’t find the man. There are no reports of any girls being accosted.