West Seattle Crime Watch: Student reports ‘flasher’ incident

7:52 PM: Thanks to the Chief Sealth International High School parents who have sent us this message received tonight by families – first we have heard of it:

Yesterday, while walking home from school, a student was approached by a man in a newer model, gray minivan. A man drove up to the student, pulled off to the side, opened his door and exposed himself to her. This student ran away and reported this incident when she got home and then reported to the school today. Police were notified, took a report and description, and are now investigating. We do not have a license plate, but the description was a white male in his mid 30s, brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and worn-out jeans, and driving a newer model gray mini-van. Our student did everything right, immediately getting away from the stranger, meeting up with a nearby familiar individual and reporting the incident to her parent, to the school, and then to the police.

The safety of our students is our top priority for Chief Sealth International. You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times, as well as not talking to strangers or getting into their vehicles. Having these conversations, especially with younger children, can be difficult. We encourage you to be sensitive to your child. More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website.

While it hasn’t been mentioned here so far, we received this while covering the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting and are pursuing more information from police; we’ll add anything more we find out.

8:14 PM: One additional detail that was not in the school e-mail – the police report says the student wasn’t certain exactly where it happened, but it was “near” Delridge/Thistle, which is a few blocks east of the school. This is the first incident of this type that has surfaced in our area since last September.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Student reports 'flasher' incident"

  • ACG January 27, 2015 (11:45 pm)

    Yuck. Not again.

  • NotAgain January 28, 2015 (6:34 am)

    Until we get license plates to catch these creepers they are going to keep doing it. I have told my daughter if this happens to her to get the license plate. I do not want another kid to have to deal with this!

  • evergreen January 28, 2015 (6:57 am)

    It feels like West Seattle is going to heck in a handbag. Way too many creeps running around.

  • Leslie January 28, 2015 (7:41 am)

    Why wasn’t the robocall system instituted?

    • WSB January 28, 2015 (7:54 am)

      Leslie – the first word I got of this was from a parent who got a robocall somewhere after 6 pm and sent us a quick heads-up – I was beginning to wonder if it had ONLY been sent out by robocall, until another parent forwarded the e-mail message you see above, giving us enough to publish something. And big thanks again to both, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have known, and while maybe your neighborhood news publication isn’t the first place a school wants to notify, really, IMO, this is something worth a communitywide fyi – TR

  • NorDel January 28, 2015 (2:53 pm)

    Finally heard from Denny IMS! Our daughter brought a letter home today informing us of the incident that occurred two days ago. Useless communications since the tv news and WSB have already covered it. Thanks for nothin’ Mr. Clark. :(

    • WSB January 28, 2015 (2:56 pm)

      I hope you have expressed your concern to the school …

  • Susie January 28, 2015 (8:26 pm)

    I think the Denny team did a great job communicating this to families. The Sealth student reported it to the Sealth staff yesterday. Sealth sent out information to all families last night. During the day today, Denny sent out a robo-call to all families in both English and Spanish. Denny also sent a letter home today in both English and Spanish. I like how Denny does everything in both languages.

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