Seattle parents instructed Fox News’ Lawrence Jones that they’re outraged and anxious as their kids are beginning to return to school for in-person studying this month whereas Seattle Public Schools grapples with the presence of homeless encampments on the campuses of two colleges.
Jones, who visited Seattle lately, famous on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that two Seattle colleges, Edmond S Meany Middle School and Broadview Thomson Okay-8, are inundated with homeless encampments. Students are set to return following a 12 months of distant lessons amid the coronavirus pandemic,
The Fox Nation host identified that he witnessed medication and needles “everywhere.”
“You would think government has a responsibility to keep folks safe [and] would get them out of the area and put them in a safe area where they’re not around kids,” Jones mentioned on “Fox & Friends.”
“Parents have just had enough,” Jones added.
“I would like to see more leadership on the part of the city and I do have a teenager. He’s just really distressed about the situation,” one Seattle guardian instructed Jones.
The Fox News analyst identified that parents have been calling on the school district to take away the encampments for months, however have had no success. He famous that officers with the school district have mentioned they’re making an attempt to resolve the difficulty, however can not assure homeless individuals will not be round when students begin exhibiting up for lessons.
Parents are outraged that the district has not but resolved what they describe as “a dangerous problem” by the point students are anticipated to return to the classroom, KOMO News reported, noting that they’ve known as on school officers to instantly take away the homeless encampments to guarantee the protection of their kids.
Some parents reportedly gathered over the weekend to distribute flyers to parents to alert them in regards to the encampment at one of many colleges.
“Obviously, nobody is taking the problem seriously,” Bill Steele, who lives within the neighborhood next to Broadview Thomson Okay-8, reportedly instructed the media outlet, which famous that the encampment is positioned at the back of the school the place up to 40 tents have been pitched.
Jones reported on Wednesday that the town is “refusing to insert themselves in the situation, saying it’s not their jurisdiction, it’s the school district’s jurisdiction.” A spokesperson with Seattle Public Schools didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for touch upon Wednesday.
However, KOMO News reported that in a press release a spokesperson with the district mentioned, “We are working in partnership with the City of Seattle to support community members residing at the encampment near Meany Middle School.”
“SPS [Seattle Public Schools] will be identifying the area of the encampment that is close to the school, supporting City contracted outreach partners to identify solutions to challenges, and making clear the boundaries between city property and district grounds,” the assertion continued, noting that “the pandemic has deepened inequities, including access to housing.”
“This is not a problem with easy solutions, but we are committed to working in partnership to address it together and do so in a compassionate way,” the assertion additionally mentioned.
When making an attempt to attain the town of Seattle for remark, a spokesperson for Seattle Parks and Recreation responded to Fox News’ inquiry saying they’re making an attempt to tackle the scenario.
“Encampment removals have been limited over the last year due to COVID-19, but as the City opens new shelter spaces like at Executive Pacific Hotel and Kings Inn, we hope we can address encampments on sidewalks, playfields, and parks,” Rachel Schulkin, public data officer for Seattle Parks and Recreation, mentioned in a press release.
Jones famous on Wednesday that the homeless encampments are located in lovely neighborhoods.
“We want these people to get the help that they need, but you cannot have needles open everywhere where kids are,” Jones mentioned.
“It’s common sense.”
In the United States, homelessness rose 3% within the 12 months 2020, including 12,751 extra individuals to the international locations homeless inhabitants.
In Seattle, the proportion improve in homelessness is greater than double that of the nationwide common, sitting at a staggering 6%.
Fox News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.