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The school at the center of Colorado’s latest mass shooting is a refuge for gifted, tech-savvy kids who sometimes didn’t fit in elsewhere

As Colorado marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting last month, Shannon Owens considered herself grateful that her two sons attend a school she thought was the last place likely to see such violence. “I was like, ‘I don’t even worry about that stuff with this school,’” said Owens, mom of a […]

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This is not Parkland: Douglas County, divided on guns but eager to prevent another school shooting, tries to find its voice

HIGHLANDS RANCH — For Kelly Murphy, the meeting was three years in the making, since a relative with mental illness got a gun and murdered a neighbor. Her resolve to stand up against gun violence solidified after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, when Murphy told herself that if teenagers could speak out on […]

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Opinion: We are ill. The STEM school shooting leaves us all with difficult work to do

I am a Colorado documentary filmmaker. Earlier this year, I was commissioned to help make a Rocky Mountain PBS film about the long-term health impacts of gun violence survivors. During production, I interviewed Tom Mauser. Tom’s son Daniel was one of the children shot and killed at Columbine High School. During our long interview, Tom […]

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Anonymous complaint alleged issues at STEM School months before deadly shooting. Officials say it was uncorroborated.

An anonymous complaint nearly five months before a deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch alleged that a “high-pressure environment” made it susceptible to an attack like the ones that happened at Columbine and Arapahoe high schools. The complaint, which came in a phone call to Douglas County School District Board of Education Director […]

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One student killed, eight more wounded in shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch allegedly committed by two peers

HIGHLANDS RANCH — One student was killed and eight more were wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at STEM School Highlands Ranch allegedly committed by two of their peers, authorities say. Two shooters, one adult and one juvenile, entered the school just before 2 p.m. and “got deep inside the school and engaged students in […]

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Florida woman found dead after manhunt, statewide school closures over threat, “infatuation” with Columbine

By Kathleen Foody and Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack of her own in Colorado just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. Jefferson […]

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The takeaway from Amendment 73’s defeat: Voters won’t throw money into a broken school finance system

Voters rejected a 10-digit ask for new money for education this week, the third failed attempt at raising taxes for schools in the past eight years. Amendment 73 — which would have raised $1.6 billion for schools on top of the $11.7 billion they get now — went down 45 percent to 55 percent in […]