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After Columbine

After Columbine
After Columbine

Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say

Police respond to suicidal teens instead of counselors under the current system, which is among the reasons leaders are looking to Utah for ideas on how to improve.

Politics and Government

Jeffco Public Schools’ security chief was already losing sleep over the Columbine anniversary. And then this week happened.

John McDonald often spends the night at the school in the days before the painful anniversary, but got little sleep when a woman threatening violence came to Colorado

Education

Most Americans believe schools have become less safe in the 20 years since Columbine, poll shows

Half of Americans blame students being bullied a great deal for school shootings. Roughly a third say the same of the internet and television, music and video games.

Education

What we learned investigating school safety for our “After Columbine” series

Takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s months-long investigation into school safety 20 years after Columbine

Sun Investigation

No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows

A Colorado Sun investigation finds that despite clear connections between mental health and school shootings, far more funding goes to physical security measures

Sun Investigation

Use of Safe2Tell, created in response to Columbine, is growing as front line tool in school safety

While the anonymous tip program has come into its own as part of the AG’s office, it also faces a statistically small but troubling problem -- kids who use it to target other kids

Education

Opinion: How the media — including me — unwittingly helped create a Columbine narrative that has inspired murderers ever since

But the mythology around killers no longer needs press coverage to spread

Opinion Columns

Twenty years after Columbine, Colorado schools are assessing an astonishing number of student threats

Some Colorado districts are evaluating an average of four threats per school day. Administrators say the process is sound, but others worry students' civil rights are trampled in the rush to protect schools from liability.

Sun Investigation

A fight on a school bus, a knife in a backpack, suicide tips from Safe2Tell: The post-Columbine world of school safety runs 24/7

“We save lives on a daily basis,” said Ellen Kelty, Denver Public Schools director of student equity and opportunity

Education

From the Editor: Columbine memories bind us together 20 years later, as do the issues that grew out of tragedy

Larry Ryckman was assistant managing editor at The Associated Press when the Columbine High School massacre happened in 1999. He directed news coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath "for many long days and nights."

Opinion Columns