February 26, 2013
Dear Hamblen Parents/Guardians,
In the neighborhood around Hamblen this morning we have reason to believe a student was approached by a stranger. Today’s incident occurred as the student was entering the school grounds on Crestline near the forest. The student reported the man had dark hair, light brown skin and a black SUV. We are continuing to investigate this incident with help from our district’s resource officer and the Spokane Police Department
Our students’ safety is our top priority. Please review the following safety tips with your children. When walking through the neighborhood, students should walk with trusted adults and school buddies on established routes, not through wooded areas. They should walk and play in well-supervised areas. Remind your student to check in with you regularly if not under your direct supervision. Develop a plan for what your child should do if approached by a stranger. Remind him/her not to approach strangers that call or approach him/her. Keep a distance or run away and do not accept gifts/candy from strangers. Have verification telephone numbers/code words for stranger identification. Never get in the car with anybody, even if they are dressed in a uniform. Do not go with anyone who asks for directions or help, promises gifts, offers a ride, or tells them they have been sent to pick them up. Call 9-1-1 after any encounter with a stranger and give police the license number. On the way home students should immediately run home or to a familiar home if they feel in danger. On the way to school they should run into the office and report immediately.
If you know any information about this case, call crime check at 456-2233. If you see someone suspicious around school grounds call 9-1-1. We hope to deter criminals with more adult presence, keeping a watchful eye on students walking to and from school. One way you could help might be to patrol the perimeter of the school grounds, with your cell phone handy, before or after school. Again, call 9-1-1 if you see anything or anyone suspicious.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Hamblen office at 354-2900.
Dr. Rita Forsythe