Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland announced today the expansion of SPD Safe Place to Seattle Public Schools. The district’s 98 schools are designated SPD “Safe Place” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) victims of crime and discrimination. SPD announced the program in May 2015. To date, the Safe Place has reached 1,600 locations.
“While we see a rolling back of civil rights protections for LGBTQ people in some corners of the country, Seattle remains inclusive and welcoming to all people,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “SPD Safe Place brings together businesses, community organizations, and the public to stand up against hate and intolerance. I applaud Seattle Public Schools for bringing this important program to our schools, empowering students to speak out against anti-LGBTQ harassment.”
“We are thrilled that SPD Safe Place is growing through a partnership with Seattle Public Schools,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We want to create a safe, inclusive community for everyone and are encouraged by the ongoing support we have received for this program.”
“Our district is proud to partner with the City and the Seattle Police Department, to make all of our schools Safe Places, said SPS Superintendent Larry Nyland. “This is a continuation of our commitment to ensuring all our students feel safe and equal in our schools.”