Update: Why Denny, Sealth, Roxhill were ‘sheltering in place’

2:13 PM: Police are checking out a report of a man seen in the Roxhill Park vicinity “with a handgun,” and that has led to Denny, Chief Sealth, and Roxhill “sheltering in place.” No injuries, no gunfire reported, but it’s a precaution.

2:24 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools has just tweeted that the “shelter in place” has been lifted, and schools are dismissing at normal times.

9 Replies to "Update: Why Denny, Sealth, Roxhill were 'sheltering in place'"

  • JP November 7, 2014 (2:33 pm)

    Is this related to the three Seattle police cars and the Metro police officer in the alley behind the Super Deli?

  • Joe Szilagyi November 7, 2014 (2:43 pm)

    We just left before this. Saw several SPD aggressively patrolling.

  • Naomi November 7, 2014 (3:02 pm)

    Why is there no school notice that’s gone out? No news release either.

    • WSB November 7, 2014 (3:12 pm)

      @Naomi: Don’t think there would have been a news release – it was fairly shortlived and the alleged sighting of a man with a gun was apparently never even confirmed (I heard a snippet of scanner traffic in which officers asked dispatch if there had been any more “sightings,” and there had not). Nothing like the incident in Admiral earlier this fall where there *was* a man with a gun, who had fired it, though he wasn’t close to schools. A possible sighting of someone with a gun wouldn’t necessarily meet our reporting bar, but any time schools make a decision to shelter in place and we hear about it, we will report that, as it means hundreds if not thousands of families will likely wind up talking about it with their kids later … TR

  • AmandaKH November 7, 2014 (3:02 pm)

    Second shelter in place this year – and it’s only the beginning of November. As a parent of a Roxhill student, I find that concerning – to say the least.

  • m November 7, 2014 (3:10 pm)

    My son is a student at Denny Middle School. We have never gotten a timely notification about a shelter in place or lock-down during the time he’s been there – no phone call, no email, no text, no letter sent home with him – nothing until either much later the same night or on the following day. I always find out about it from my son after he’s home, through the WSB, or through other news sources first.

  • Ted November 7, 2014 (3:15 pm)

    Amanda — The first one was a kid running around with an realistic looking Airsoft rifle.

    Let’s hope we get to the bottom of this one and it’s similarly benign.

  • Jodilyn November 7, 2014 (3:17 pm)

    I was alerted via text msg that CSIHS is Shelter in Place at 1:55, however, once schools out (Denny at 2:20) I get notice that it’s been cleared. Did the man w/hand gun issue get resolved? Or is it easier to just release students because school is out and it’s too hectic to keep students in place?

  • DeLancey November 7, 2014 (3:40 pm)

    Sealth has a way to send you alerts about shelter in places. You set up an account and they send out a text blast whenever there is a security and safety concern.


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