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Seattle Schools Put Homeless Camps Over Student Safety

Ah, the Left Coast.

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Seattle, along with Portland and most places in California, is a festering sore on the left wing of the continent. The latest outrage pits parents and students versus the Seattle School Board, who this week won’t agree to move a homeless encampment that potentially threatens students. Radio host Jason Rantz gives details.

Rantz: “Students finally returning to campus at one Seattle school were greeted with a sprawling and dangerous homeless encampment that has parents so worried about safety, some kids have already been pulled from class. If you saw what they did, you would pull your kids too. Only one small, reinforced fence separates the playground at Broadview-Thompson K-8 in North Seattle from a growing homeless encampment. It’s so dangerous that the school announced they’ll only allow students, staff and visitors to enter and exit from one side of the school.

“But Seattle’s school board refuses to remove the encampment. Board members are ideologically and stubbornly opposed to sweeps. Take a tour of the park attached to the east side of the campus and you’ll find weapons, illegal burns and open drug use. Over 50 tents have taken much of the green space, giving its homeless residents prime real estate overlooking beautiful Bitter Lake. Fights break out, meth use is common, and there’s a whole lot of trash.

‘There have been sightings of drugs, feces, a skull tied to a tree, a sword, and explicit behavior,’ a mother of a 5-year-old attending the school emailed my Seattle-based talk radio show. ‘This is a matter of safety for kindergarteners through 8th grade. I’m concerned for the faculty and parents that have to maintain a distance from the tents and keep their composure so kids don’t worry.’

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“Nearby residents have complained about the encampment for months, begging for the city to clear the space. Not only is it dangerous, but it also betrays the city’s commitment to protecting the environment.  ‘After putting up with this for nine months, and it has doubled, tripled in size, it’s overwhelming and exhausting and after all that to have the district essentially endorse it and provide safe haven for it that was a little hard for us,’ a neighbor told a local TV station.

“But the city can’t do much. The land is owned by the school district. With school reopening last Monday, you’d think they might respond to the desperate cries of students, parents and neighbors. You’d be wrong. Seattle school board president Chandra Hampson and her fellow radical board members refuse to have the encampment moved, declaring sweeps ‘decidedly inhumane.’ They’ve expressed no interest in protecting students or staff from the homeless.

A local father tells of his son. ‘He is already nervous because he watches what goes on at the encampment during recess and says there is some sort of skull above a tent as a warning sign, which he finds scary,’ So I had to comfort him and tell him everything is OK, that there is a fence and lots of adults to protect him. However, I’m really not sure it is OK, I’m just hoping it is OK. It’s not a good feeling.” This is Seattle. This is what we allow in America.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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