Gross: Attack nearly claims life of WA social worker

Dec 11, 2022, 6:17 AM | Updated: Dec 21, 2022, 2:28 pm

social worker...

(Photo courtesy of Puyallup Police Department)

(Photo courtesy of Puyallup Police Department)

A social worker was beaten within inches of her life, yet she wants to return to work, despite a system that put her in a horrible position and left her both physically and mentally rattled.

The social worker requested AM 770 KTTH not to use her name.

The victim and multiple family members spoke at a recent meeting of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families Oversight Committee (DCYF).

“Our family has been severely impacted by this because we love our sister so much,” one of the victim’s sisters said at the meeting. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that this young man almost took her from our family.”

The suspect is 16 years old. He has a history with police run-ins with multiple violent charges on his record. He had received a short-term placement hotel in Puyallup.

Rantz: Beloved Seattle restaurant suffers 18th break-in by thieves the Democrats enable

“As I was being assaulted, the thoughts that were running through my mind is don’t lose consciousness,” the victim recounted. “Stay awake so you can stay alive.”

The victim was beaten by an alleged teenager in an attack that lasted 15 minutes. She was punched and choked. He threatened to end her life. She was dragged by her hair to a third-story window.

A security guard at the hotel witnessed what was happening and was able to hold off the boy and protect the social worker until further help arrived.

The victim is an experienced social worker who has been working for 16 years in Washington state. She has an incredible heart for her work.

Even after the assault, while dealing with the effects of a concussion, she is still advocating for her attacker — acknowledging that he and others are not safe.

“Social workers are bred for crisis – give us a crisis,” she said. “We will guide a family through it and come out on the other side. But [after] years of crises with no resources, no support – you are going to end up with a depleted workforce. And those who are still present and still showing up so demoralized and so fearful for their own lives – that meaningful change cannot be affected.”

Where are the answers to this? How does this system get fixed for everyone involved?

“I think there are just too many issues that continually come on the table that we need to put out here and take a look at,” said State Rep. Thomas Dent (R-Moses Lake).

“I am very concerned that we are not making some changes here.” Dent went on to say. “I’m beginning to see a pattern here … I’m really motivated to see if we can do something about it.”

Rantz: Seattle Fire hired ‘anti-male’ partisan to investigate gender discrimination

Multiple other workers have come forward to the DCYF oversight committee to report issues.

DCYF released a statement that acknowledged the essential role of social workers. It said in part, “we work very hard not to have them be at needless personal risk and are taking steps to resolve the situation that results in staff being placed in dangerous situations to care for youth.”

The kids are being failed by the system, and now the workers are too.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Image: Seattle Public Schools teacher Ian Golash, left, speaks to Accuracy in Media. Golash has bee...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle teacher Ian Golash put on administrative leave, father says

A man who says he's the father of Seattle teacher Ian Golash posted that his son was placed on administrative leave.

6 hours ago

Homeless housing drug...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Democrats fight to keep homeless living in unsafe housing, claim ‘science’ of drug contamination isn’t settled

Snohomish County Democrats are standing in the way of drug contamination testing for homeless housing. Their reasons are nonsensical.

23 hours ago

Photo: The recent announcement of the Seattle Public Library closures mean branches will be dark on...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Homeless addicts the real reason for Seattle Public Library closures

What's really behind the Seattle Public Library closures? Homeless drug addicts causing security issues. But media blames "staffing."

2 days ago

Photo: In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, a box of Cosmic Crisp apples is shown at Washingt...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Let me ruin WSU’s ‘Name the apple’ contest for you

Washington State University wants you coming up with a name for a new apple. You probably think it's cute and fun. Let me ruin it for you.

5 days ago

Photo: A dance troupe says it was unwelcome at an event after wearing American flag shirts. They sa...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dance team told American flag shirt made some feel ‘triggered and unsafe’ in Seattle

A dance troop says it was unwelcome at an event after wearing American flag shirts. They say Seattle dance guests felt "triggered and unsafe."

5 days ago

Seattle Lululemon...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Lululemon latest closure as downtown struggles to recover from Democrat policies

The Seattle Lululemon location is the latest retailer to call it quits downtown. Why won't Democrats admit there's a problem?

6 days ago

Gross: Attack nearly claims life of WA social worker