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    Hawthorne Family Safety Notification Letter
    Posted on 01/30/2020

    Dear Hawthorne Families,


    We want to share information regarding incidents that were reported involving students on 1/29/2020 and 2/3/2020 after school. 

    On 1/29/2020 near our school, a student reported being approached by a stranger who attempted to follow him home as he walked southbound on Genesee Ave. The student reported the man to a trusted adult and the Seattle Police Department was called. The Seattle Police Department are actively investigating. 

    On 2/3/2020, there was another student luring attempt near our school. 3 students walking to the Walgreens on Genesee reported being approached by a stranger who got out of a white sedan and attempted to interact act with them. The stranger then followed them as they were leaving the store area. The students reported the man to a trusted adult and the Seattle Police Department was called. The students are safe and did exactly what they should have.

    Please know that we take safety in our building very seriously and the security and well being of our students is our top concern.

    You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are being aware of their surroundings at all times, as well as not talking to strangers or going anywhere with them. Having these conversations, especially with younger children, can be difficult. 

    If you are looking for guidance about how to approach these sensitive topics with your child, here are some resources that might be helpful:


    Seattle Police Department Youth Safety Tips
    Scholastic: Talking about stranger safety


    Please let me know if you have further questions. 


    Sandra Scott
    Principal 
    Hawthorne Elementary
    206.252.7210