School Safety Concerns

Dear Leckie Elementary School Community,

Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students.  We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.  


Wednesday at about 8:15 a.m. three Leckie students were walking to school in the 4200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW when an adult male made eye contact with the students, stopped his car and got out of the vehicle.


The students did not say anything to the man and immediately ran to school. The man got back inside his car and drove south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 


As soon as students arrived at school, they reported the incident to school leadership and we immediately contacted police. These students did exactly what they were supposed to do in this type of situation. Their quick, decisive actions ensured their safety and serve as a model for other students.


I want to take this opportunity to remind parents to continue to talk to their children about ways of handling situations like this and follow the example set by our three students today.


On Tuesday after dismissal, an intruder entered our building.  He went into a classroom and a fast thinking teacher was able to secure in that room and call 911 immediately.  MPD responded within moments and took the intruder into custody.  


At no time were students in any danger or came into contact with the intruder.  Students never encountered the intruder.  We have since determined how the intruder gained access to our building and we have taken the necessary precautions to prevent such from happening again.  


We are also working with our Office of School Security to further tighten our protocols.  This was an isolated incident and as a faculty and staff we stay ever vigilant to make sure that Leckie is always safe and secure.



I would like to thank Metropolitan District Police and the Office of Security for their swift response in ensuring the safety of our students.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.





Atasha James


Leckie Elementary School