October 9, 2019
Dear Hamilton Families,
This is a letter to inform you about an alleged attempted child enticement.
One of our Hamilton families reported to us this afternoon that, as their student was walking to their bus stop yesterday morning, a man in a white car with red letters drove up to the student. According to what was reported to us, the man told the student that he was sent by Denver Public Schools and said that he would take the student to the bus stop. The man then drove the student to her bus stop. The student is safe and with our team at this time.
We immediately contacted DPS Transportation Services. They informed us that Transportation does not provide this type of service. We notified Denver police and the DPS Department of Safety. DPS and Law enforcement are investigating.
Please know that, again, DPS Transportation Services does not provide this type of service. I encourage you to take some family time tonight and teach your children to become aware of dangerous people and to not accept rides from anyone without parent permission.
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind our families and students that safety is a top priority in Denver Public Schools and at Hamilton. As a community, we must work together to ensure the safety of our students at all hours of the day.
I encourage you to take this chance to talk with your child about contacting an adult immediately if they ever feel unsafe, confirming after-school arrangements together and showing your child how to dial 911 from a cell phone or public phone if he or she ever feels unsafe. Here are additional safety tips:
- Teach your children to use the buddy system and to walk with a friend or sibling whenever possible.
- Know where your child is all times. Establish good communication with children to ensure they readily will report to you any unusual occurrences.
- If strangers approach them, they should take several steps backward, stay out of arm’s reach and run to a safe area. If they are confronted, they should be taught to scream “I’m not your child” or “You’re not my parent.” Many times children forget to scream.
- Make sure children learn to identify safe people such as police officers and firefighters. Show them where safe homes or buildings are in case they need to run to them. Identify which neighbors are available to help when you are not at home. In an emergency, children should run to the nearest house for assistance. They should avoid alleys and empty lots, houses or garages.
- Parents and children should establish a password known only to the immediate family. Children should be told not to go with an unfamiliar person without using the password.
- Parents should notify both the school and the police if an incident occurs anywhere or anytime.
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.
Christian Sawyer, Ed.D.