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Statement from the family of slain Birney Elementary teacher

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:47 am with 9 Comments »
February 26, 2010 2:37 pm

Jennifer Paulson’s father, Ken Paulson, and her stepmother, Cindy Paulson, appeared at the school late this morning.

Ken said: “She was a kind, merciful, loving person. That’s probably why she was a special ed teacher, because she loved so much. What happened today was evil, a terrible thing. Jennifer would want you to know she loved the Lord and she’s in heaven with her grandparents. I think Jennifer would say the world is getting more evil and the person who did this was evil.”

The father says his daughter and her killer never dated; the man knew her from working with her several years ago at the cafeteria at Seattle Pacific University, where she was a student but he was not.

He called her a few years after she graduated; the man found out where she worked, and he would show up from time to time.

Jennifer Paulson obtained a restraining order against him in 2008, and he didn’t bother her for a year or more. She thought she saw him last December, so she called police. Last Friday, she left school and noticed a car was following her, so she called 911 and was told to drive to a police station, which she did. The man was arrested, and he was in jail over the weekend; he was arraigned on Monday with $10,000 bail.

As of early this week, “I thought he was gone,” Ken Paulson said.

The Rev. Dean Curry of Life Center church also made a brief statement.

“Jennifer was a beautiful Christian girl. She loved Jesus. She was concerned about this man and prayed for him. It’s been a tragedy for the whole family.”

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Jennifer, this world will miss you. The absence of your easy smile, and your selfless soul leaves this world a lesser place. There are occassionally those sweet spirits who give us a glimpse of what our world could be, what our world should be; you are one who showed us how good, and kind, and pure a child of God could truly be. May you rest forever in the arms of God.

  2. NineInchNachosII says:

    Was the guy out on Bail? I don’t understand.

  3. artie_43 says:

    First of all my Heart goes out to the family involved.There was a story in this paper maybe a year ago when a father or a grandfather beat a man that was stalking his family member.I for one this is the only way to stop this type of situation..these people don’t respect a restraining’s just a piece of paper to them.God help me if i ever hear of someone bothering a female member of my family……sorry for my rant…this story makes me sick!!!!!!!!!

  4. This is a sad story. It is also sad that protection orders aren’t worth the paper they are written on. The only real protection a women has is a gun to shoot first with. Anything short of this she has to hope and pray. So far in the last few years all we read about is the latest woman killed with a in protection order in hand. This keeps playing out like this time after time after time.

  5. ponzodou says:

    How truly sad and frightening what modern society has become….she did the right things to protect herself. I’m sure her school kids will now have hole in their hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to all

  6. She did all the right things to protect herself and he got bailed out of jail……like the 4 cops killer………we need to re-think this bail thing. Does anyone know who the judge was or the guys name??

  7. My heart is very sadden about this horrible crime, Jenny was a wonderful woman. I watched her and her brothers grow up at Life Christian. My prayers are with the family.

  8. austexcal says:

    So sad. Without knowing this woman, I’m touched by her witness especially knowing that she was actually praying for this man. Peace to her family and friends.

  9. interWOLFone says:

    re: mab

    The judge is not being named in any related article I could find. He was arraigned in Tacoma Municipal Court. It is interesting to learn that bail was originally set at only $2000.00, which is the normal amount set for violation of restraining orders.

    But police and prosecutors asked the judge to set it higher. So the judge raised bail to $10,000.00, which Waits managed to obtain, and he was released.

    I suggest that everyone who is angered by this atrocity should sit down and voice their outrage in a letter or email to the Governor, to your Senators, your State Rep. and to every legislator they can find.

    Demand that bail for restraining order violators with past records of violent assault be denied, and that the violator be remanded to custody until the date of his/her trial.

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