Once you have reported your incident to the police, please notify the Community Liaison, Ms. Trish Manzke, using the easy online reporting tool. Include a brief description of the incident including the date, time, and location where the incident occurred.
I will then make contact with the following individuals:
- Options Public Charter School Court-Appointed Receiver – Mr. Joshua Kern
- DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director – Mr. Scott Pearson
- Metropolitan Police Department – Commander Daniel Hickson (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Lieutenant Michael Thornton (email@example.com)
- ANC 6A – Mr. David Holmes (Chair) & Mr. Andrew Hysell (Commissioner)
- Councilmember – Mr. Tommy Wells & Chief of Staff – Ms. Linda O’Brien
- ListServs – Moms On The Hill and New Hill East
As part of the two-step reporting process, the Community Liaison will contact Options Public Charter School on your behalf to notify the school of the incident and maintain tracking of your report; however, here is Options contact information if you would like to contact the school directly:
1. Call Options at 202-547-1028
2. Email the Court-Appointed Receiver, Joshua Kern, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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