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Durkan and School Board Directors at Odds Over Bitter Lake Encampment

by Ari Robin McKenna


Trigger warning: Threats of violence, profanity. This article contains actual threats made to the school board president and her family that are both violent and profane.

Out of 107 Seattle Public School sites, two had unhoused people living on or near them with students set to return for hybrid, in-person learning last month. This was during an ongoing pandemic that has increased the number of people living outside in tents by 50%. One encampment was at Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill at the edge of the Central District, where 41 unhoused people accepted referrals for temporary housing in April. The other camp is at Broadview Thompson K-8 in the North End, where about 50-60 tents are currently set up on the other side of a recess yard fence, spread out in clusters down a slope towards Bitter Lake.

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