Another safety alert sent to families: This time, Denny/Sealth

For the second day in a row, some local parents are getting a safety-alert message from school administrators. Last night, it was Madison Middle School after a student was harassed; today, it’s the Denny International Middle School/Chief Sealth International High School community after a different type of incident, just east of the Denny campus. Here’s the letter, obtained from Denny principal Jeff Clark:

Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,

We want to share with you information right away regarding an incident that occurred in our community this morning.

At approximately 7:30 this morning a seventh-grade Denny scholar was walking on SW Kenyon Street from Delridge to 26th Ave SW via the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail.

When she arrived at the bridge on the trail, a male of mixed race who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s came into view. She was asked for money and then had a picture was taken of her before she ran to school. When the scholar arrived at school, she did the right thing by reporting this to school staff right away. Denny staff immediately notified the Seattle Police Department, and they are actively investigating.

The safety of our scholars is our top priority. Please help us remind your children to walk in pairs, stay on well-lit and streets that can be seen by others, and to report anything suspicious to a trusted adult (school staff and family member).

More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website:


Jeff Clark, Principal, Denny International MS
Aida Fraser-Hammer, Principal, Chief Sealth International HS

Thanks to the Denny parent who sent us first word of this.

6 Replies to "Another safety alert sent to families: This time, Denny/Sealth"

  • jwright March 6, 2015 (4:49 pm)

    Aye yi yi, this has gotten ridiculous! Ready to form a vigilante posse and mete out some frontier justice. :-/

  • yup March 6, 2015 (5:04 pm)

    I agree JW.. Or atleast maybe we should look into hiring private security like other neighborhoods have done. We can’t wait for more police or a reorg and different strategies have been attempted but we’re still seeing these minors being acosted. Not to mention property crimes involving iphones, home breakins, car thefts, and the uptick SPD recently mentioned.

  • Laura March 6, 2015 (5:15 pm)

    This is so scary for the kids. I hope no kid gets hurt with these types of inappropriate adult behavior.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man March 6, 2015 (6:06 pm)

    while not stated as such, the implication I got was that she was walking alone. My intent is NOT to blame the victim. But it is quickly becoming evident (hello, parents!!) that walking alone is not something any of our kids should be doing to or from school. Ever.

  • ann March 6, 2015 (6:48 pm)

    This trail has no lights on it. Maybe now someone can add a light. Many people use this trail.

  • ScubaFrog March 6, 2015 (7:12 pm)

    I wonder if these 3 incidents in the last 3 days are the same person. Same physical description, and the guys yesterday/today were both asking for money. I hope that SPD are making this a priority. How scary and creepy…

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