West Seattle backpack attack: The police report

June 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm | In West Seattle news, Westwood | 46 Comments

One more followup on the case of the 12-year-old boy hit in the head with what was believed to be a rock-filled backpack at Southwest Community Center at noontime Monday: We’ve just seen the official, detailed police report for the first time and have transcribed most of it — obviously without names, since most people involved are juveniles and no charges have been filed. The victim and suspect are both 12-year-old students at Denny Middle School; he lives in West Seattle, she does not. According to the report, he was believed to have been unconscious for about 10 minutes after getting hit in the head twice. Read on for the entirety of what police wrote up afterward (warning, the description of what witnesses said they saw after he was hit is a bit graphic):

When police first started talking to the suspect, they say, they checked her pink backpack, and the officer who completed the report wrote: “It was void of any foreign objects not related to school. However, I did notice a few small pieces of bark-like debris that would indicate some type of foreign objects from the grounds may have been placed inside the backpack.”

The girl denied putting rocks in her backpack and denied deliberately hitting the boy, but according to the report, “5 juvenile witness statements” run counter to that. Here’s the narrative transcribed from the printed police report we have just reviewed:

According to witnesses (the victim) was on the nearby community center playfield with a group of friends during the lunch break. These friends were witnesses (12, 14, two 11-year-olds, 13, and the 12 y o suspect).

(The suspect) became angry with (the victim), apparently over discussion he was having with (a friend) in regards to another girl. (The two) engaged in a verbal argument. (She) then walked off for a short time. According to all of the above witnesses, when she returned they could either hear or see rocks in (the suspect’s) backpack. At this time (she) swung her backpack at (him). The backpack struck him in the back of his head; (she) then struck (him) in the back of the head a second time with her backpack. (he) fell to the ground. Some of the witnesses say that (his) head struck concrete when he fell, and other witnesses do not. However, the witnesses state that his eyes rolled back in his head and his body began to twitch. One (child) ran to the nurse’s office and notified (her). She and a school staffer responded to (the victim’s) location. (Someone called 911.)

Engine 37 arrived and found (the boy) still unconscious. Medic Unit 32 arrived and transported (him) to Harborview Medical Center. Fire department personnel state that while in the Medic Unit (he) began to regain consciousness. SFD personnel called for a police response when they realized that this was an assault situation.

Officers arrived at Denny at 12:33. First they discovered (the victim had been taken to the hospital). Next (an assistant principal took them to the office). All of the student witnesses were at this location. Officer interviewed each of these as assistant principal telephoned each of their parents and notified them … Then (the suspect) was brought into the office. Her mother …was with her … (Assistant principal, officer, School Emphasis Team officer all there) … (They read her her Miranda rights and asked) if she would like to tell what had occurred on the playfield … (she) said yes.

She stated that she was on the playground swinging her backpack when (he) ran by. (She) said that her backpack accidentally struck (him) in the back of the head and he fell down. (She) said that was all that occurred. (Officer) informed (her) that all of the other persons present had told him that (they) had been engaged in an argument.

(She) denied she had an argument with (him). Officer told (her) that the witnesses said she had gone away for a short time after the argument, but returned and struck (him) two times in the back of his head with her backpack. (She) denied this also. Officer asked (her) if she had any rocks in her backpack at the time (he) had been struck with it. (She) said no. She was crying and appeared very upset during the interview. (Officer) took custody of the backpack for evidence.

Officer explained to (girl’s mother) and assistant principal that an assault report was going to be written and forwarded to detectives. Further, it was explained to them that it was a possibility assault charges would be filed against (her). She was then released to the custody of her mother after being informed by (assistant principal) that she was suspended from school for the remainder of the school year.
Prior to leaving the school, officers were given copies of handwritten statements by the student witnesses that they were required by school staff to write. The original handwritten statement that (she) was required by staff to write was given to officers.

Since the victim is a child, we are not likely to be able to get information on his condition, but it was described in the SPDBlotter summary as “not (appearing to be) life-threatening.” We will do our best to keep following up on whether charges are ultimately filed against the suspect. 12:11 AM NOTE: As revealed in comments, the boy is out of the hospital, as evidenced by a TV interview he has done.

46 Comments

  1. Wow – I rescind my previous comment – sounds like the young girl is the bully, not the boy. She could have killed him. This young girl needs serious professional help – and probably some chemical studies on her system as well. This does not sound like someone who understands the consequences of her actions.

    Comment by chas redmond — 10:37 pm June 16, 2009 #

  2. she should never return to public school send her to juvi

    Comment by janice drake — 10:50 pm June 16, 2009 #

  3. They interviewed both on king 5. The boy has been released

    Comment by c — 11:07 pm June 16, 2009 #

  4. I don’t believe it’s useful to assign blame one way or another. What I hope is that some mediation/counseling involves all who were a part of this. This needs to be worked out between the kids with adult guidance. Otherwise, I fear continued misunderstandings, anger, and retaliation will follow.

    Comment by ANW — 11:10 pm June 16, 2009 #

  5. hmmm…depending on who you hear reporting about this, I think that there will be more information coming out.Now there are reports (KIRO @ 11pm)that he was part of a group of boys who were “bullies”, that they had been reported to the school in the past, and nothing done. Is it a case of bullying, and retaliation? I withhold judgement…maybe they both need a little help…guess we’ll see as this unfolds. I don’t think we’ve heard the end of it yet..

    very sad all around..

    Comment by JanS — 11:17 pm June 16, 2009 #

  6. I do know that Seattle Public Schools has a strict anti-bullying rule and still see no defense for the girls physical attack. From the witness statements she turned the situation violent and that is never the right answer. I really dont see school officials turning a blind eye to bullying these days. I really hope that is not the case.

    Comment by cc — 11:31 pm June 16, 2009 #

  7. http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_061609WAB_boy-struck-backpack-rocks-KS.89400080.html
    This would be the tv story mentioned earlier. For what it’s worth, there is not a single word about any of this alleged side issue/motivation in the police report, not even a hint of it. Everything I wrote above is everything that it mentions.
    .
    Separate from that, even as a reformed tv news manager, I have to say I’m a little shocked that both 12-year-olds were allowed to speak on camera and be identified by full name … TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:12 am June 17, 2009 #

  8. TR.. I was, too….kids names need to be kept out of it. And it’s more and more looking like someone is going to go after the school. Denny has enough problems with unhappy parents. This seemed to be jumping the gun a bit. :(

    The other thing that I thought was..the TV stations (esp. KIRO, IMO) seem to want to dwell on the sensational side of things when maybe they should think twice…ask “who does this help?” and “who does this harm?” I understand that it’s “news”, and they feel it should be reported, but it’s an issue I’ve had with television news media for some time.

    Comment by JanS — 1:06 am June 17, 2009 #

  9. The story can easily be told without faces and names. You shoot from behind, or from the neck down (which in the case of the boy would have been an arresting-enough image). You use their first names but not their last. It’s not like the names are going to be public some other way – I saw the full unedited police report at the precinct but the media unit version that will be made available on a CD within a day or two will have the names “redacted” (blacked out) – that’s done even for ADULT victims. But ultimately, the gatekeeper has to be the parent. And obviously the parents here decided to let their children speak on camera, fully identified, which is their prerogative … however, it’s also a news organization’s prerogative (as I have exercised here) to say, we’re not going to identify very young suspects (let alone victims) …

    Comment by WSB — 1:36 am June 17, 2009 #

  10. Counseling, help? RU kidding? Someday the light will come on. Little thugs belong in lockup. Parents should get the counseling on how not to raise a little monster. Yet another confidence building measure as Seattle Public Schools are trying to woo kids back into the system from alternate school choices.

    Comment by WJC — 8:38 am June 17, 2009 #

  11. The police report contains clues that may lead to the KING story.
    “(The suspect) became angry with (the victim), apparently over discussion he was having with (a friend) in regards to another girl. (The two) engaged in a verbal argument.”
    If these arguments were of a harassing and abusive nature, and if they were continuations of a long standing situation of verbal abuse that had been ignored by the authorities, I can see where a sack of rocks to the head would seem be the only solution available to a 12 year old.
    Not saying it’s right, but I can see how it could happen.
    Thanks for the KING link, it helps to round out this story for me.

    Comment by old timer — 8:42 am June 17, 2009 #

  12. If the King5 story is true and there has been rampant sexual harrassment without consequence then I can understand where this girl is coming from. I’m not saying it was the right thing to do, but I can understand her frustration very well. When I was in elementary, junior high, and high school, it was sickening and disgusting what boys would say to me and to other girls. I could make a list here of some of the horrible things that were said to my face, but it might be too graphic to be allowed.

    Comment by AJP — 9:08 am June 17, 2009 #

  13. This is so sad! I don’t -ever- want my daughter to be in a situation where she feels her only recourse is to hit a kid in the back of the head with a sack of rocks!

    Comment by MargL — 9:16 am June 17, 2009 #

  14. This is sad. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a son or daughter physically assaulted and hospitalized by another student. It’s also sad that adults attempt to justify what happened by claiming that the boy brought this upon himself. What sick disgusting words ever put you in the hospital with head injuries?

    Comment by austin — 9:53 am June 17, 2009 #

  15. girl will eventually get off easy because girls are sweet and nice… and boys are evil…

    Comment by asdf — 10:18 am June 17, 2009 #

  16. WoW. That is a terrible and unnecessary escalation of violence. School books are insanely heavy,as heavy as rocks. Either way, rocks or no, it was wrong to take a verbal argument and make it physical. All I can wonder is, WHERE were the adults? If the situation was so upsetting, why didn’t anyone get a teacher or coach or someone?

    Comment by living in west seattle since 1985 — 10:21 am June 17, 2009 #

  17. Kiro 7 also following the story

    Comment by living in west seattle since 1985 — 10:22 am June 17, 2009 #

  18. Just wanted to say for those of you who think that “locking thugs up” does good things, think again. I’ve worked with incarcerated kids. And yes, at times there is a place for it, but generally speaking, they all say that it only makes them better criminals. And, by the way, there is no “rehabilitation” going on…so by locking up kids for every little thing it only creates a more angry, marginalized kid who is stigmatized and still has not received help. I’m just saying we need to think more creatively because out “justice” system isn’t exactly stellar.

    Comment by Mandy — 10:22 am June 17, 2009 #

  19. Just wanted to say for those of you who think that “locking thugs up” does good things, think again. I’ve worked with incarcerated kids. And yes, at times there is a place for it, but generally speaking, they all say that it only makes them better criminals. And, by the way, there is no “rehabilitation” going on in there…so by locking up kids for every little thing it only creates a more angry, marginalized kid who is stigmatized and still has not received help. I’m just saying we need to think more creatively because out “justice” system isn’t exactly stellar.

    Comment by Mandy — 10:23 am June 17, 2009 #

  20. That is really depressing. Unless the girl has severe psychiatric problems, deliberately hitting someone in the head with a bag of rocks can’t be excused…it can barely be explained. She walked away from an ugly situation – and then came back? That’s over the top crazy. Who even thinks of doing something like that? Her mother must be panic-stricken at this point.

    The school system’s “no bullying” policy is a joke, by the way. Kids who are being bullied don’t have much recourse. What is the school going to do? You report someone or call their parents, and it just escalates – the bully wants revenge. What they should have is counselors for the kids on school staff, especially in middle school which is such a rotten and rocky time of life. Teaching negotiation and problem-solving and emotional self-regulation would be a good idea. I hope to teach my kids mindfulness techniques they can use to defuse intense emotions – because once the emotional part of the brain takes over, people become reactive and tend to make bad decisions. When parents don’t have those skills and don’t know how to solve their own problems, they have a hard time teaching them to their kids. The community needs to pick up the slack and take responsibility for the welfare of everyone’s families. That shouldn’t be seen as a burden – it should be seen as part of what community means. It isn’t just about Them Over There – Them With Problems They Should Fix – the whole I-for-me-and-me-for-me-and-mine culture we live in isn’t working. When something like this happens, it’s everyone’s problem and everyone’s responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    The TV station should be ashamed of itself for broadcasting sensationalized stories like this. These are people’s lives, not consumable dramatic entertainment.

    End of rant.

    Comment by sarelly — 10:37 am June 17, 2009 #

  21. “Counseling, help? RU kidding? Someday the light will come on. Little thugs belong in lockup.”….c’mon WJC…you can’t just lock up 12 year olds…there’s some serious psychological roots that caused this reaction…maybe too much violent TV, video games, whatever…someone needs to evaluate the girl’s “life” and determine what got her to this stage, including poor parenting. I think she should get (needs) counseling and possibly some community service time…but not jail. Hopefully the parents are at least pointing out to her that this is the wrong way to go about solving conflict (yeah, I know it’s a long shot). It’s all pretty twisted to think that kids this age would let something escalate to this stage.

    Comment by onceachef — 10:39 am June 17, 2009 #

  22. What I want to know is where was the principal and the assistant principals? These kids were off campus during lunch in violation of school district policy.

    Comment by Valkyrie — 10:58 am June 17, 2009 #

  23. The boy and his friends had been sexually harassing her for some time now. The school was contacted, but obvoiusly nothing was done about it. So she felt she had to take matters into her own hands. It wasnt the right way to deal with the situation, but i can see her side and being frusterated with no help. If things were taken care of in the first place we wouldnt be commenting on this now!!! :)

    Comment by M. — 11:01 am June 17, 2009 #

  24. AAHHH the gold old days when you could actually defend yourself if someone was harrassing you.

    I had plenty of boys harass me and pick on me when I was a kid, granted it was not sexual, but I made it damn clear to them that I was able to defend myself if they continued. Most did not. So imagine of this boy was in fact harassing this girl sexually? The school does nothing, her parents probably tell her “oh just ignore him honey, walk away and be the better person, he does not know what he is saying bla bla bla…”
    I say she stuck up for herself and I bet you big bucks he does not do that again!

    Comment by TeresaP — 12:31 pm June 17, 2009 #

  25. And for those who think that bullying and name calling like this, calling young girls slut, whore, etc doesn’t exist, think again…and then think where they get it from. We tolerate 20 yo men, and even women calling women these things on a daily basis, whether it’s true or not. Now, picture a 12 yo girl (if this is really the case) who has been hearing this for a year, as have her friends, as claimed. These kids aren’t of the maturity level of adults (not all adults are, either, but that’s another story), and they make rash and stupid decisions to act out and fight back when they’ve had enough. Yes, parenting is part of it. If it was a discussion in the home to begin with, then she should have been taught to walk away. What male kids will say speaks volumes of them, but isn’t about the girls at all. And it’s about society, too..and that’s sad. As a 62 year old woman, I’ve had things said about me in the not to distant past in a public forum that were hurtful, by other adults who are acting as children. I choose to walk away…because it’s about them, not me.I’m an adult and it was at times difficult to do.

    IF what she says is true, someone needs to sit down with the male children of our world and seriously talk to them about this.And IF what she says is true, someone needs to seriously look at the middle school environment at Denny and counsel the teachers and administrative staff (to say the least).

    I still feel that more will come out about this. I shake my head in wonder and sadness with every new story about it.

    Comment by JanS — 12:54 pm June 17, 2009 #

  26. M. and others that put a “but I can see” in your posts, would you find the excuse and justification so easily if the rolls were reveresed and it was a boy that knocked a girl out with a bag of rocks then told a bold face lie about it all? I’m sure you’re thinking “well, if a boy is such a wimp that he let himself be bullied by a girl, that’s funny.” How about if it was YOUR son that got knocked out after she walked away, had time to think about what she should do, then made the decision to put rocks in a bag with the intent of swinging it at your child. Would you tell him after he got out of the hospital, “well, what did you do to make her do that to you…how was it your fault?”
    I just can’t understand this ‘it’s not that bad because it was a female hitting a male’ attitude. There is never an excuse for any male or female to assult, premeditated at that, any other male or female. Stop looking for ways around it.
    If he did infact do something to infuriate her, then wait for those details to be substantiated before you pass judgement. When a cop beats up a suspect because the suspect ran from police, do you justify police brutality because you can see their side of being frustrated? BTW, I am in law enforcement but have never and will never OK that type of behavior.

    Comment by Bruce W — 1:07 pm June 17, 2009 #

  27. Harassment and bullying of course, sadly, do exist. We pulled our child – who is close to the age of the kids involved here – from physical school (not a school in WS; as I have written publicly before, he now attends school online) because he was persecuted, physically assaulted, and the administration refused to do anything to help him, so I wasn’t going to sit back and leave him in a life-threatening situation until I got a phone call to come see him in the hospital because somebody bashed his head against a wall.
    .
    Whatever the truth in this incident, it’s tragic, but I do want to reiterate one more time that the police report – and this was the detailed official report I transcribed, not the SPDBlotter blog-format summary we mentioned earlier in the day – did not have a single word about the girl claiming self-defense. Only that she kept claiming it was an accident. And that, right now is the official record in the case.
    .
    I hope that if this is truly her defense, she and her family have since spoken to police about it, and not just to a TV crew. We will, as I said earlier, do our best to follow the case to see if charges are filed and if so, what the associated paperwork says – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:15 pm June 17, 2009 #

  28. The video sure does put a different spin on the story, and I can easily see her version of the events happening. As a middle schooler I was sexually harrassed one year by some of the school jocks to the point where I essentially gave up learning that entire year; every day was a frightening ordeal. It’s a shame when the adults charged with educating our children don’t step in to put a stop to this at the beginning, as it appears that it was brought to their attention. They need to become proactive, not reactive!

    Comment by whaletailgirl — 1:33 pm June 17, 2009 #

  29. We cannot know what was going on. It is a tragedy on both sides and it reinforces the need for more supervision of our children. If there’s bullying going on, why aren’t there more adults out watching during lunch hours. If it’s a girl that doing the bullying then again where are the adults. We can’t wring our hands. We need to fully fund our schools and our teachers and assistants so that they can do their jobs and we as parents need to step up and do ours as well.

    If your child, of either sex is being bullied then your face had better be in the principals office daily until something is done. Our children need to be taught how to discuss and solve problems with people in authority. If there isn’t a solution then find somewhere that the problems can be solved. We can’t teach our children to just roll over, we need to teach them positive problem solving.

    My heart goes out to both families and I hope that this can be resolved to help both children thrive.

    Comment by Brentut5 — 2:13 pm June 17, 2009 #

  30. I don’t see anyone claiming that what the girl did was right. I do see people claiming that they understand the impulse, IF in fact she was being harassed or bullied.

    Comment by datamuse — 3:22 pm June 17, 2009 #

  31. There is NO mention of harrassment or bullying in the police report. Make me think that this might just be a story she has come up with after the fact in the face of criminal prosecution.

    Comment by Sasha — 3:54 pm June 17, 2009 #

  32. As to what Brentut5 says, what is the school principal going to do? Putting a bully in detention is not going to solve anything – it will only make the bully retaliate against a crybaby and tattletale who was weak enough to object to bad treatment. That’s pretty much the whole mentality. If the bully’s parents are the source of the problem, talking to them isn’t going to help either.

    I’d be curious to know from someone who has experienced an actual positive resolution to a school bullying problem – what worked? What happened, how did you respond, who did you talk to, what steps were taken, what was the outcome?

    Seriously, let’s hear it.

    Comment by sarelly — 4:03 pm June 17, 2009 #

  33. Note that we have just published the letter that Denny principal Jeff Clark has sent home, with a line calling into question some media reports:
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=17938

    Comment by WSB — 4:21 pm June 17, 2009 #

  34. Too bad for the girl that her differing stories will cast a lot of doubt on anything she claims to be “the truth”. Her story that’s in the police report (no rocks, no argument, he accidentally ran into the path of her swinging backpack) sounds ridiculous and sounds like someone trying to cover their butt, especially with their parent there hearing it. Of course they’re going to say they ‘didn’t mean it’ and that it was ‘just an accident’.
    .
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the harassment and self-defense story was concocted after she went home and her parents got involved…and probably contributed to the story to help get her off the hook.
    .
    What ever happened to just ignoring people, instead of getting in their face? There was plenty of name calling and such back in school (although the sexual nature wasn’t so prevalent back in the day), and people would just ignore it and avoid confrontations. Why hit someone in the head with a heavy backpack? Hitting someone in the stomach or arm or legs is a lot different that clubbing someone in the head. That boy could end up with brain damage or a lifetime of seizures, rather than just a few bruises or even a broken bone that would heal.
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    So disappointed in the human race sometimes. :-(

    Comment by alki_2008 — 4:26 pm June 17, 2009 #

  35. My son attends Denny, and is familiar with, but not friends with both the boy and the girl. My son was unaware of any harassment complaints about the boy but feels that they are probably credible. The girl has had issues in the past, such as being part of a group of girls who were disciplined for threatening another boy, they did not like. What happened was unacceptable on all levels but it seems likely the causes are deeper and more complicated than the simple “he was harassing her” or “she was a bully”.

    Comment by blurg — 4:37 pm June 17, 2009 #

  36. I live near one of the witnesses, I had not seen the news coverage. This young man was upset & so wanted to tell me about the incident.
    The only addition to what is in the police report is that the victim’s Mother was recently murdered, apparently decapitated. I asked if the young man had been getting counseling, he said he was but the counselor has moved away.
    Remember I was talking to a young man who is very shy & I did not want to push him for more details, I am just glad that he came to talk a bit.
    If it turns out that the victim had been acting out or something, I would hope that people would recognize his need for continued counseling & not judge him to hard.

    Comment by Anonymus — 5:07 pm June 17, 2009 #

  37. Blurg – NOOOOO!! We like our issues to be black and white! There MUST be easy solutions! School administrators are responsible for ending things quickly and easily with no need for assistance from parents!
    .
    It’s unfortunate that both kids are getting a hard lesson on how real life works (bullying can get you hurt; taking matters into your own hands physically can get you in deeper trouble).
    .
    But it’s just as sad that these kids have suffered from lack of guidance from the people who matter most in their lives: their parents.

    Comment by Michael — 5:18 pm June 17, 2009 #

  38. Hi I am the father of the boy that was stuck in the head on monday.First of all i would like to say my son is doing ok.I will be keeping a close eye on him over the next few weeks untill his symptoms of his concousion are gone.And i am very upset with the lies of sexual harassment against my son.I beleave this is a story that the mother concocted to try to take the attention off of her daughter.I think that is pretty sad. But that is my opinion.I am also upset with the school.When Ms. Getty’s called me about the incedent she informed me that my son was in an accedent at school that knocked him unconcuios and was on his way to HMC.But i am sorry this is far from an accedent this is an assault.I am very angry that this happened to my son and i do not want this to happen to anyone else.I think we need to come together as a community and make it our top priority to make sure that the schools that we send our kids to are indeed safe.I would like to see the girl kicked out of the school district and convicted of assault.

    Comment by Brian Smith — 8:36 pm June 17, 2009 #

  39. Sorry about the double post.And thanks to all that are saring there suport on this issue.

    Comment by Brian Smith — 9:21 pm June 17, 2009 #

  40. Lack of guidence from there parrents. are you for real?You don’t even know me.I do not know about the other parrent but i am my kids only parrent.I am mom and dad.So you all need to get your fact straight befor you post about somthing you know nothing about.Boy’s Father.

    Comment by Brian Smith — 9:41 pm June 17, 2009 #

  41. So sorry, Brian, about what happened to your son. Yes, it does sound like an assault, for which there is no excuse. People don’t get to explain away a violent attack with “but he was harassing me.” Even if he had been harassing her, he didn’t hit HER in the head with a back of rocks or send her off to the hospital.

    I think when something like this happens, the horror of the brutality strikes people so deeply, they want to find a way to explain it. Victims often get blamed as a way of helping people to feel such an incident can’t happen to them – if the victim “deserved” it and we don’t, we can go on believing we’re safe.

    The school probably told you it was an “accident” because they were trying to cover themselves while they figured out what happened, although I agree that sounds incredibly lame. It could be that they can get into legal trouble with the girl’s family if they call it an assault, or that the process of addressing what happened is necessarily impersonal and not at all comforting – it’s bureaucratic – the police do their jobs, the court if there is one does its job, etc.

    Best wishes to you and your child.

    Comment by sarelly — 10:19 am June 18, 2009 #

  42. Mr. Smith I hope your son makes a full recovery and that the little monster who perpetrated this act of violence is removed from public school and convicted of at least assault if not attempted murder. That people are attempting to justify this girl’s actions is pathetic at best and psychotic at worst.

    Comment by austin — 10:23 am June 18, 2009 #

  43. Let’s remember that a twelve year old is still a child. This degree of violence is disturbing and does not bode well for the future – but people don’t develop much self-control or self-awareness until they’re out of their teens. That doesn’t make what happened okay, but she is a child who probably has dolls and stuffed animals and watches cartoons. She needs help, if such a thing exists – as do we all.

    Comment by sarelly — 10:53 am June 18, 2009 #

  44. My son goes to an elementary school in WS and is bullied on the playground. There’s a huge lack of staff to act as “Playground Duty” and the school’s attempt at lessening conflicts by naming special students as “Conflict Managers” is a joke and not helping at all.

    The school’s lack of responsible eyes on the playground is greatly at fault here. I think the schools should take more responsibility over this! The parent of the victim should sue the school for lack of supervision. I’m not a “sue happy” person by any means but, these are our precious children and they need to be guided and protected by OUR SCHOOL STAFF while under their care!

    Comment by justme — 2:45 pm June 18, 2009 #

  45. Here is the deal…there is tremendous sexual harassment in middle school. My son tells me what he sees and we talk about it. He says “the boys grab the girls in in appropriate places” I tell him “the boys do not have the right to touch the girls like that”. He says “the girls don’t seem to care”. Sexual harrassment is as bad as ever, and in many ways has gotten worse over the years(i.e. doing a hot dog). No child at 12 deserves to be locked up, but no child at 12 should have to hear on-going sexual remarks, either. Regardless of Seattle Public School anti-bullying policy, the teachers have to first acknowledge a problem. I fought that battle for three years at an elementary school in WS. I told the principal that there is bullying and that SPS has policies in place to deal with that. We had to change schools due to inaction. All I have heard from other parents that remain in that elementary school is that the bullying has gotten worse. The policy only works when it is implemented. We have serious issues going on in our public school impacting our children’s ability to learn and teachers ability to teach. I don’t have any answers. I just know that there IS bullying as young as 2nd grade in WS, and there is rampant sexual harrassment throughout our school system. These incidences are not the problem, but the symptom. Our kids are crying out for help. Who will listen or shall we continue to blame the children and their parents?

    Comment by Denny Mom — 4:52 pm June 18, 2009 #

  46. Well to set the record straight THERE WAS NO ROCKS IN THE BACKPACK, MARC AND HIS FRIENDS WERE YELLING VULGAR NAMES AT MY DAUGHTER AND HER FRIENDS AND ONLY 1 INDIVIDUAL STATED SHE WITNESSED ROCKS BEING PUT INTO MY DAUGHTERS BACKPACK WHO BY THE WAY IS A FRIEND OF MARC, I HAVE PERSONALLY WITNESSED MARC SAYING THESE NAMES THE WEEK BEFORE TO MY DAUGHTER MY DAUGHTER IS NOT A MONSTER BUT A 12 YR OLD GIRL WHO’S STORY HAS NOT CHANGED BUT THE SO CALLED VICTIM’S STORY HAS 1ST HE STATED HE DID NOT KNOW MY CHILD 2ND HE HAS HAD REPORTS FILED ON HIM BY ME PERSONALLY FOR THE NAMES HE HAS CONTINUALLY CALLED MY DAUGHTER 3RD THE BACKPACK WAS WEIGHED IN THE OFFICE AND IT WAS NOT EVEN A POUND IN WEIGHT …..NOW JUST BECAUSE MR SMITH HAS NOT RECIEVED ANY PHONE CALLS OR COPIES OF THIS IS SOULY THE FAULT OF THE SCHOOL HE HAS ALSO BEEN DOCUMENTED SPITTING AND USING VULGAR LANGUAGE IN THE CLASSROOM I FEEL MR.SMITH NEEDS TO PAY A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION TO HIS SON AND THE EMOTIONAL TRAMA OF HIS MOTHER SO HE HAS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO DEAL WITH HIS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS OVER THE ISSUE AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THOSE FEELINGS…..AS FOR THE POLICE REPORT MY DAUGHTER DID NOT FILL ANY REPORT OUT AND MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE POSTED SHE DID SAY IS INCORRECT SHE HAS SPOKEN TO JUVENILE DETECTIVES AND STILL HER STORY HAS NOT CHANGED AND THEY HAVE SEEN COPIES OF THE REPORTS FROM THE NUMEROUS OTHERS KIDS THAT HAVE FILED AGAINST MARC ALONG WITH EMAILS SENT TO THE SCHOOL AS FAR AS KICKING MY DAUGHTER OUT OF THE DISTRICT I BELIEVE THAT IS OVERKILL WHAT ABOUT MARC AND HIS BEHAVIOR HE HAS YET TO BE PUNISHED FOR HIS ACTIONS THAT LED UP TO THIS ACCIDENT NOT ASSAULT SHE WAS DEFENDING HERSELF FROM A GROUP OF BULLIES SHE DID NOT ATTACK HIM FROM BEHIND NOR HIT HIM TWICE AND IT WAS THE ADULTS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER THAT CALLED 911 NOT THE SCHOOL ADULTS THEY WERE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND UNTIL 20 MIN AFTER THE ACCIDENT
    I’M SURE COMMENTS WILL COME IN ABOUT MY POSTING BUT IF YOUR GOING TO FAULSELY BASH MY MINOR CHILD I WILL DEFEND HER LIKE SHE DEFENDED HERSELF THAT DAY WHEN SHE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE

    Comment by aimee austin — 1:25 pm June 25, 2009 #

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