Additional Security on Campus

Principal Hart’s Oct. 8 email offered the following information related to the Oct. 4 incidents that included shots being fired near campus:


Dear Garfield Community,

On October 4, a concerning incident involving Garfield students and a community conflict led us to enact a shelter-in-place protocol and cancel some after-school activities. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is actively investigating gunfire in our community.

As we begin the new week, the school district will continue to have additional security staff on campus, as they were for the remainder of last week. Our Coordinated Health Services team will be continuing to be available to provide enhanced mental health support for both students and staff.  

Should your child feel stressed or anxious, the following resources are available on campus:

  • Teen Health Center
  • School Counselors
  • District’s Health Services Team

For immediate needs, Crisis Connections provides a 24-hour crisis line at 866-427-4747, and Teen Link is available at 866-833-6546.

We strongly encourage families to engage in discussions about resolving conflict without resorting to violence. Physical or verbal altercations have no place in our community and compromise everyone’s safety.

Please report any concerns about student behavior directly to the school leadership team for immediate action. Students are also encouraged to report any troubling or dangerous behavior they might witness or hear about.

The SPS Safe Schools Hotline remains operational 24/7 at 206-252-0510 for reporting any school-related threats or concerns.

If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.