Seattle day care owners in the Central District are calling for increased public safety measures, including the installation of bulletproof glass, following a recent drive-by shooting incident. The owners of A 4 Apple Learning Center, Appollonia Washington and Deborah Coleman, have been advocating for action against the ongoing violence, drug use, and crime in the area for two years. Despite their efforts, they claim to have seen no direct action taken by city leaders or the lot’s owner.
On Monday morning, a bullet from a drive-by shooting shattered the front window of A 4 Apple Learning Center, narrowly missing the 24 children inside. The children and staff took shelter in the bathrooms, and fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, the incident has left the staff and parents deeply shaken.
According to recent data from King County, shootings in the area have increased by 17% compared to the previous five quarters, with shooting fatalities up by 76%. In response, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office stated that they are working to secure funding for crime prevention efforts, including security cameras, a gunshot locating system, and license plate readers.
Day care owners, including Washington and Angelia Maxie from Tiny Tots Development Center, are demanding proactive measures to ensure the safety of children in their care. They are requesting the installation of bulletproof glass in day care facilities and calling for increased community investment in childcare safety.
While the idea of bulletproof glass in day care centers may seem extreme, the rising gun violence statistics highlight the urgent need for action. Washington emphasizes that the safety of spaces with children must be prioritized.