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Dr. Semendinger letter regarding an incident at Hawes on February 28th

Hawes School

Paul Semendinger, Ed.D. Principal

March 8, 2018

Dear Parents & Hawes Community,

It has come to my attention that there is a news article that was posted that speaks of an incident that occurred after hours at Hawes last week. This letter explains the situation.

On Friday, February 28, at about 7:45 p.m., a man entered the lobby of Hawes while a recreational sporting event was taking place in the gym. The man seemed to be looking for directions. A parent, who also happens to be district employee, addressed the person and asked him to leave the building. The man complied. Since the man appeared in distress, the employee called the police who were on the scene immediately.

Based on reports from the police to both Dr. Fishbein and myself, there was no danger involved in this incident. The stranger did not enter the building while school was in session, nor was he on the property or vicinity during school hours. He was cooperative and followed the district employee’s directions.

As has been shared previously, we take the safety of the school, the students, and the staff very seriously. At Hawes, all of the doors are locked and closed during school hours. There is no access to the building during the school day except through buzzing the main office. As any who have come to the school in recent weeks know, before our secretaries give permission to enter the building, they ask for the person’s name and the reason for wishing to enter.

The safety and security of our students and staff are always our main priority.

My Best, Paul Semendinger, Ed.D. Principal

2 thoughts on “Dr. Semendinger letter regarding an incident at Hawes on February 28th

  1. Cameras everywhere at Hawes….

  2. He committed the crime of “Walking While Male”.

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