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Secret Service study: Most school shooters were badly bullied, showed warning signs

By Colleen Long, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other […]

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These five bills are designed to make Colorado schools safer. None touches on guns.

Colorado’s School Safety Committee moved forward with five bills on Thursday that seek to prevent any more children from becoming victims of school violence. None, however, addresses a core issue related to many incidents of school violence: firearms and students’ access to them. The only mention of guns came at the tail end of Thursday’s […]

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Wilson: Dear CSU, permitting blackface opens a racial Pandora’s box.

It feels like an abusive relationship, sometimes. First, the offense takes place. Then,  the gaslighting commences.  The intestinal fortitude it takes to stand one’s moral ground in the face of offensive racial aggressions and historical revisions is energy that could simply be spent living our best lives. The problem is, ignoring racism isn’t safe if […]

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

Two decades ago, in the wake of the Columbine school shooting, Colorado officials created the Safe2Tell anonymous tip line to help prevent more school massacres.  The system set a standard for prevention efforts, one replicated across the nation. But now, lawmakers and mental health experts think Colorado’s system needs a significant upgrade to address an […]

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Opinion: We are the children of gun violence, fear, racism and hate. Will you love us more than your guns?

We are the children of gun violence. We are the generation of Columbine, of Virginia Tech, of Sandy Hook, of MSD. We are the children who know every exit and hiding place in our schools.  When we were young we were taught to hide, if you’re quiet maybe the shooter won’t find you, maybe you’ll […]

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Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it struggles with trespassers

Just two months before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings the school resource officer on campus called the Jefferson County Sheriff for help. A 29-year-old man from Texas was in the school parking lot taking pictures and making bizarre statements. Harry Carswell told an officer he had channeled one of the Columbine […]

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Opinion: Let’s find ways to protect students without placing them at additional risk

Almost immediately after the mass shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, the public and legislators once again initiated discussions on how to make schools safer and prevent acts like these from reoccurring. It was announced recently that Douglas County had approved $10 million toward school safety, which may include buying metal detectors, increasing mental health […]