Skillings slowly improving, still no arrests

Students from Adams Elementary signed a big yellow banner for Joseph Skillings, who’s recovering at Harborview Medical Center after getting attacked at a Capitol Hill bus stop for trying to help a woman in distress. Now the banner is hanging in his room, and Skillings is “bragging” about his students, according to the latest entry from friends and family in his online journal. Meanwhile, it’s been a few days since police released a sketch of the suspect, and there’s no word of any arrests. And if you missed it, the Times wrote up a story on Sunday about Skillings and his “core ethic” of teaching his students to help others.

Ballard teacher attacked for calling 911

A teacher from Adams Elementary School is in serious condition after trying to help a woman who was being harrassed by some guy at a Capitol Hill bus stop. Joseph Skillings called 911 when he witnessed the harrassment, but the man saw him on the phone and attacked him. Skillings suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. “He is a big part of the school,” an administrator from Adams Elementary told the PI. “Everyone’s really upset.”

Update: KING 5 did a story on Skillings and his friends here in Ballard helping him. You can watch the video here. A web site has been set up here to help Skillings with his recovery.

Ballard High girls remain undefeated

It was the clash of the unbeatens in girls basketball last night, but Ballard High obliterated Roosevelt, 50-26.  Jeanette Hansen, a 6-foot-5 foreign exchange student from Denmark (Ballard’s secret weapon), scored 10 points.  “It was really big,” she told the Seattle Times. “A lot of people didn’t think we could beat Roosevelt, but we beat them pretty well.” The Beavers are now 6-0.  “Ballard appears to have enough firepower to be a KingCo frontrunner all season,” predicts the Seattle PI.  As for Roosevelt, their coach had this to say after the game: “We got out-everythinged.”

The Ballard team. Any guesses who’s Jeanette Hansen here?