West Seattle Crime Watch: Denny, Sealth send letter home after 8th graders report being ‘grabbed’

2:37 PM: Two eighth-grader girls from Denny International Middle School say older boys/men “grabbed and pushed” them on Monday. That’s according to this letter just sent to Denny and Chief Sealth International High School families by Denny principal Jeff Clark (who shared it with WSB) and Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:

Dear Denny and Chief Sealth Scholars and Families,

This morning, two of our 8th grade female scholars reported to us that they were approached by two males on their walk home yesterday near SW Trenton St. and 22nd Ave SW. They reported that the males followed them and then grabbed and pushed them towards a yard.

Our scholars did a great job by screaming, getting away, and running off. Our scholars believed that the males were in their late teens and approximately 5’7”. Both of the males had their jackets zipped up partially blocking their faces and had hoods on, so we have a limited description.

Our scholars did the right thing by screaming, getting away, and telling an adult at home and at school. The families reported the incident to the Seattle Police Department last night and they are investigating today. The Seattle Police and Seattle Public Schools staff will both be providing extra presence in that area.

As a pre-caution, we are reminding our scholars this afternoon about safety tips for walking to and from school. We would appreciate your help by having a similar conversation at home. The walking safety advice includes:

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
• Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “automatic pilot.”
• Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
• Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
• Stick to well-lit areas.
• Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
• If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
• Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
• Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
• Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently. Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
• Avoid walking alone at night. As much as possible, walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.

As always, thank you for your help and partnership!

P.S. If you didn’t see it in the comments earlier – here’s the SPD Blotter writeup about the incident – same basic information.

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Denny, Sealth send letter home after 8th graders report being 'grabbed'"

  • clulessinws January 26, 2016 (3:18 pm)

    How sad this goes on year after year between Madison and Denny.

  • Admiral mom January 26, 2016 (3:56 pm)

    I hate getting this letters, gives me a sense of insecurity. I am sad my kids are growing in an era of fear something can happen to them on their way to school and scared of shootings inside school where children should feel safe.

    • datamuse January 27, 2016 (8:40 am)

      Stuff like this happened when I was a student too, in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was less usual for parents to be informed. Except for the time a couple of expelled students tried to blow up my high school…

  • Eric1 January 26, 2016 (7:01 pm)

    The Chief Sealth, Denny and the Seattle School District are continuing their inept ways.  Aside from this generic letter that says nothing of substance and repeats the same cautions that we have seen all too often, where are the specifics?  Obviously this happened in the XXXX block of YYYY Street and students should be cautious in this area.  We have seen them mention the stairs at Holden or the trail to WW Village mentioned before so why not mention the location this time? Also, unless these guys were wearing gloves and a ski masks their race should have been apparent.  Otherwise where did they get the “late teens” unless the perps identified themselves?   Information is key when trying to avoid trouble and it seems like the Seattle School District is not providing much useful information these days.   

    • Eric1 January 26, 2016 (8:46 pm)

      Oh. My bad. I red the address the second time.  I must be getting old AND blind.

      • Don January 27, 2016 (11:24 am)

        NOTHING is being done. The safety of students inside these schools is just as bad as outside these schools! I have been to meeting after meeting with the administration, each time farther and farther up the chain. They just tell you what you want to hear and make promises that they can’t keep. I have had students in both the middle school and high school, I refuse to let my youngest even attend the middle school and I have since moved one to private. These two schools are horrible. There has been off campus incidents almost yearly. If half the students are failing to meet standards in basic reading, writing, and math, then these are huge red flags! The students are running the schools, have no respect for authority and are not being held accountable for their actions. It is an absolute disgrace. I know it takes a village, but the SPS administration is full of idiots and until that changes I have no faith leaving my students in their hands any longer.

  • k January 26, 2016 (7:35 pm)

    I  live on 24th and Kenyon. That creek path is a joke. It is pitch black out no lights the creek over fills the path. We are just lucky no one has been hurr on that path yet.

  • clulessinws January 27, 2016 (9:52 am)

    I’ve been bugging Mark Solomon (CPT) for a couple of years to get more patrols around our schools since robberies, assaults, etc started happening. I hope the patrols have been happening. Media reports SPD has stepped up patrols but that’s after the assault in this case. Too late.  I have gone to community meetings where the CPT says oh were going to do this and that (maybe they are) but  these sort of things keep happening. Seems like if police were in the area during school start and end times it would deter criminals for pulling the stuff. Or SPD would be there to apprehend/look for the perps. Mark is hard to get a reply from on email. When he does reply it’s often not related to my question.  I just don’ have much faith in “the system”.  Arm your children with information / the tips sent home in the letter above.

    • WSB January 27, 2016 (9:59 am)

      You’re talking to the wrong person. Mark Solomon doesn’t assign officers and he’s not on the CPT – he is the civilian Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Southwest and South Precincts – his job includes presenting crime-prevention information, more general and trend-related (burglary and car-theft deterrence, for example) rather than specific incidents like this. (Nor does the CPT – Community Police Team – assign patrols, either. Their job includes dealing, outside the 911 dispatch, with chronic problems such as nuisance houses.) – TR

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