Dear Otis Families:
I want to let you know that Maya Lin’s principal heard from a parent last night how their child was approached after school by two men who apparently asked her to get in the car with them. That student used good judgment, refused, and is safe. Another student and parents were nearby to see what happened, but this was understandably a concerning situation for the family and for school staff there, and thus I want to share this news with you now so you are aware of the situation. We all need to be communicating with each other when safety concerns arise that cause concern in the community.
Alameda Police Department was informed, and they will investigate. We don’t yet know who these individuals were or why they approached this student off campus after school, but I’d like to suggest you take some time to remind your children about the importance of being aware of their surroundings and not going off with people they don’t know. Please remind your children to tell their families or report to a school staff member immediately if they ever feel threatened so we can help protect them. If you or they are concerned, you might also consider suggesting to your children that they walk together with friends if they travel to school or home alone for the next few days.
We do not want to alarm you, but we know that more people are talking about this now on social media, and we want to make sure we communicate with you about this concern to help inform you of what happened and to help alleviate concerns. I will let you know if I learn anything more about this incident. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions. I thank you and your students for sharing concerns when they arise and keeping us informed so we can all work together on addressing school and neighborhood safety issues.