Seattle, WA – Parents at Ingraham High School in Seattle are furious that police were kicked out of the school last year after students were threatened with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in the parking lot last week.
The incident occurred in the middle of the school day on Oct. 4 as students were coming back from lunch at the high school located in the 1800-block of North 135th Street, KOMO reported.
A parent who said his son witnessed the entire incident said a man and a girl were yelling at four students in the parking lot from inside a car.
He said the girl in the passenger seat had a semiautomatic rifle in her hands, KOMO reported.
“The girl that was in the passenger seat, clicked in and loaded in a magazine into the AR-15,” the parent said.
The man said his son saw the girl hand the loaded rifle to the male driver of the vehicle, and then the man pointed the gun at the four students he’d been yelling at in the parking lot.
“It was the middle of the day and somebody decided to, who knows,” the parent told KOMO, clearly upset.
He said his son heard the driver threaten to kill the kids.
Police confirmed that an incident occurred at Ingraham High School but called it a “dispute between two groups of juveniles,” KOMO reported.
Some parents were outraged that there hadn’t already been police on campus to discourage such an incident from happening.
“Hearing that kids are on the property with guns, I want to move my kid away from this region as quickly as possible,” one parent told KOMO.
The Seattle Public Schools suspended the district-wide school resource officer program in June of 2020 “in light of the current national events” and promised police officers would only be on campuses in emergencies, KCPQ reported.
(1/2) Yesterday, @SeattleSupt announced that SPS will enact a one-year suspension of the SPD School Emphasis Officers and School Resource Officer in our schools. A resolution will also be put forth by the Board. SPD will not be present on our campuses except in emergencies.
— Seattle Public Schools (@SeaPubSchools) June 10, 2020
“Seattle Public Schools has become less and less about education and more about what’s the daily ‘popular’ political view,” Erika Nagy, whose child is a student at Ingraham High School, told The Post Millennial.
“The same taxpayer funded ‘for the people’ institution that banned police because of false BLM narratives, had to call the police after armed trespassers entered school property at least twice,” Nagy said.
“Seattle public schools prioritizes a socialist narrative over the education and public safety of our children,” she added.
The man whose son saw the Ar-15 at school said parents should be angry, KOMO reported.
“You should flip out,” he said. “You should be outraged. You should be pissed out of your brain.”