A community member has just reported students “smoking pot on the school steps” prior to walking “into the front of the school” to start the school day.
The incident has been reported to Options Public Charter School.
I’ve just received a call from a concerned community member. Apparently just an hour ago (10a), several Options students on the soccer field behind the school were pointing “guns” at one another and yelling profanity. The community member said it appeared the students were supposed to be doing some sort of JROTC drill; however, instead they were yelling the “f” word at one another, pointing their rifles at each other, and pretending to shoot one another. This was witnessed by three adult community members – in addition to three small children in their care.
This incident has been reported to Josh Kern, the MPD, and the DC Public Charter School Board.
This afternoon an Options student was videotaped passing my house in a group, leaving the group to come back to my front stairs, and coming onto my property to get a closer look at my son’s bike, which happened to be locked to my front porch. I immediately contacted the school and shared the videotape. They were able to identify the student.
This afternoon, my son was targeted by Options students for a second time in a 2.5 week period. As he was leaving our home to ride his bike to an after school activity, a few students walking on Tennessee Avenue called out to one another, pointed at my son, and began chasing him. He rode to safety at Lincoln Park before calling me in tears.
I contacted the principle at Options for a second time, and she told me she had “not yet had an opportunity to hold an assembly to address the first incident with her students” – an offer she suggested and I accepted when the students threw rocks, pens and erasers at my son in our front yard after school on 22 March.
I also called the police for a second time. The officer arrived quickly, but refused to take a report. It would be unfair of me if I didn’t alert you to his demeanor about the incident. He told me that my family has chosen “to buy a home in a metropolitan area” – even asked where I was from. And then he told me that we have purchased our home next to “the single worst school in Washington, DC” and we need to realize things are not going to change. After some push back, he contacted his boss and requested that ‘rotating school security resources’ get shifted to our area immediately in hopes of catching these students after school.
We are deeply saddened by these incidents. At a time when a new home should be a feeling of warmth and comfort, we are working diligently to find new and inventive ways to change our lives and our schedules to be sure that our family is safe. Should you see anything suspicious at all, please contact the police immediately.
Our new neighbor’s son, a 12 year old, had a frightening interaction with some Options students at about 3:30 this afternoon. He regularly rides his bike home from school and on Mondays and Fridays the schedule is such that he often ends up coming down our block just as the Options kids are let out of school. This afternoon, some started shouting at him, calling him obscenities, and suggesting they would take his bike — then they started throwing things. Small things — erasers, pens, and — Finally rocks as large an adult fist. Luckily, none of the larger projectiles hit him and he was unhurt. The boy acted quickly and smartly, rushing into his house, locking the door behind him, and calling his parents. However, he was shaken up a good bit. The parents filed a police report — so there is a record of the incident. After our hard work in the fall and uneventful winter, it seems we may need to all be extra cautious as the nicer weather tempts students outside, wandering around and through our neighborhood.
As always — if you see anything suspicious or alarming — call the police.
Gimbiya and Kenneth Lim
5XX Tennessee Ave NE