Homeless tent blocks doorway of Whitman Middle School

A homeless tent has been set up in one of the entrance areas to Whitman Middle School, KIRO TV and MyNorthwest reported last night.

The school has been in spring break all week, and the tent has been set up since Tuesday, KIRO reported. School resumes on Monday.

A Seattle police officer arrived while KIRO was covering the story, but the tent’s occupant had left. It’s unclear if the tent remains today.

According to the city’s recently-updated unauthorized encampments rules (.pdf), the tent qualifies for removal because it “creates an obstruction” and is located at a school. But the rules require “notice shall be posted no fewer than 72 hours before an encampment removal.”

(Photo by KIRO’s Gary Horcher, @garyKIRO7 on Twitter)

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Josh
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Josh

That the police cannot remove any obstruction to an entrance/exit of a public school without prior 72 hour notice shows just how screwed up things have gotten in Seattle. Perhaps the orange tags for vehicles can be expanded to include anything on public property? What if they cannot find this person? Does the tent just sit there indefinitely? Will the school have to be closed by the Fire Marshall since the tent blocks a fire exit?

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

We’ve jumped the shark, and Mike O’Brien has certainly been a key catalyst. Absolute madness.

JEFF GORDON
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JEFF GORDON

Hopefully this will set off a response from the NIMBY folks to help solve the homeless problem. The weather in California is much nicer for camping.

Bradley
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Bradley

frankly I’m more bothered by the snotty local kids that tagged the poor tree in front.

did they issue the ‘gotta move in 72 hours’ notice so the tent will be gone by the time school starts?

I heard Mike O’Brien actually snuck over here during the night and pitched this tent himself. he even wove a mannequin from some organic straw. if you look closely, those are pine needles, not hypodermic

Skip
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Skip

If my kid went to school there it would take a whole lot less than 72 hours for that tent to go away.

Lex
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Lex

Woah everyone look out, tough guy here.

Ms.McCormick
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Ms.McCormick

It is possible that it belongs to a student!

Mary
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Mary

Lex: Huh?

ltfd
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ltfd

The tent can be removed from the property immediately, per either the Seattle Fire Code or the City’s “Encampment” Ordinance. The property, however, is School District, not City property.

EXITS: (Seattle Fire Code Chapters 3, 10)
Remove the item(s) that would obstruct the exit or make exiting hazardous as follows: — appropriate text inserted — (15 SFC 1003.6 and 1031.3)

4.0 REMOVING OBSTRUCTIONS AND IMMEDIATE HAZARD ENCAMPMENTS
4.1 Obstructions and immediate hazard encampments may be removed immediately
according to applicable laws and rules. The provisions of Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
and 10 of this rule do not apply to removing obstructions and immediate hazard
encampments. Provisions of this Section 4 apply to obstructions and immediate
hazard encampments, although the provisions of this Section 4 may refer to
obstructions only for simplicity. FAS ENCAMPMENT RULE 17-01 Page 3 of 7

matt
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matt

I hope this is the last straw and we wise up and take all homeless into custody. Not for breaking a law, but for living in an unacceptable manner. We take minors living in squalor into custody, do the same for adults.

Chuck Shoomer
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Chuck Shoomer

The city council voted in this ordinance, brought to you by Kashama Sawant, Mike Obrien, and Kirsten Harris-Talley. If you voted for any of these three, then you are part of the problem.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

@Chuck — If anyone on this thread voted for Harris-Talley then something is VERY wrong because she was appointed.

California Uber Alles
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California Uber Alles

I think it’s time Seattle voters demanded that our “leaders” live in tents among the people.
They are devoted to equality, right?

Skippy McBallard
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Skippy McBallard

Still waiting for the proverbial straw to break the camel’s back…

Inverse O'brian
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Inverse O'brian

MCBallard-

Some prominent figure or relative to a council member is going to have to die for things to change. Alternatively, a homeless encampment would need to burns down I-5.

By September, its going to be horrible in Seattle.

Simon Says
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Simon Says

“O’Brien actually snuck over here during the night and pitched this tent himself. ”

He’s have to have a pen1s and balls to do that.

Ben Lawson
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oh thats so sad. why govt did’nt provide home to them :'(

ballardite
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ballardite

The law is ridiculously lenient. It should be changed to allow immediate removal without any warning or any storage of belongings in a situation like this or when encampments are near freeways and roads that have no way to access without walking on the roadway.