Dear David Douglas families and staff,
As a school community, our first priority is the safety of your children and communicating with our families when incidents occur.
This morning, at approximately 6:00am, a David Douglas High School student was approached by two adult males in a car asking for money. The most egregious aspect of the incident was that the men threatened to shoot the student if they did not cooperate and then took the student’s backpack. Although the student was not harmed, this was a traumatic experience, and the student did the right thing by immediately notifying administration.
Police have a description of the suspects and the car and are investigating. We were notified that this was one of a string of similar incidents that took place this morning.
Unfortunately, events like this serve as a reminder that we need to constantly be aware of our surroundings. As a result, we want to take this opportunity to share with you tips on how your child can keep themselves safe in our neighborhoods or walking to and from school. You can help us by having calm conversations with your child.
Please review with your student the following safety precautions, which they should always be following:
- If approached by a stranger who asks your child to come with them, they should immediately seek the nearest safe location – such as a trusted neighbor’s house, a school, business or restaurant – and report the incident immediately to a trusted adult.
- Your students should avoid walking alone. Encourage them to walk with friends.
- Your students should never approach strangers or get into a stranger’s vehicle
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe. Student safety is our number one priority. We will continue to strive to keep the David Douglas School District a safe place for your students.