EARLY THURSDAY: Received from texter, who says police have been notified and the school (Louisa Boren STEM K-8) will be notified this morning:
Reporting a harassment/attempted luring of a child on Delridge after school. White 4-door older compact car. One man in car, older 20s to young 30s. Light brown complexion. 3:30-3:35 pm. First contact just north of school, Delridge and Juneau. Drove around the block and approached again on the next block, across from Super 24. She didn’t report to me until I got home from work.
Here’s a Seattle Police list of safety advice for youth.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Thanks to the parent who shared the letter that subsequently was sent to parents:
Dear STEM families,
It has been an exciting start to school, and with the increase of students on the streets while walking to and from school or their bus stops, there may be situations that challenge our students’ personal safety. I want to take this opportunity to let you know we are working with the Seattle Police Department to ensure our students are taught about personal safety and highlight an incident where a student responded successfully to a situation.
Around 3:45 p.m. yesterday, one of our students reported a male in his late 20s in a white compact sedan tried to engage her in conversation twice as she walked home from school. The student responded appropriately and remained safe. Police were notified, and as of today, the Seattle Police Department is continuing to gather additional information and working closely with the District’s Safety and Security Department. Although in this incident there was no specific attempt to get the student into the car, we wanted to make sure parents are alerted.
Our school also wants to make sure students both feel safe and are safe, therefore staff will be discussing personal safety with our students. During these discussions, our goal is to allow students to talk about their concerns and give them additional personal safety skills.
You can also help your children simply by talking and listening to them. A following link to Seattle Police Department’s “Personal Safety for Children” may be helpful in family discussions: http://www.seattle.gov/police/community-policing/youth-safety-tips. We encourage you to be sensitive to your child and to call us if we can help in any way.