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Kendrick Castillo

Kendrick Castillo
Kendrick Castillo

Defense rests its case in STEM school shooting trial, closing arguments to begin Monday

20-year-old defendant has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Kendrick Castillo two years ago. His co-defendant was sentenced to life last summer.

Crime and Courts

As STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting trial opens, two views of what happened in Room 107

Devon Erickson is accused of killing classmate Kendrick Castillo. Eight others were injured in the May 2019 attack.

Crime and Courts

STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter sentenced to life in prison after emotional, day-long hearing

Alec McKinney, who will be eligible for parole after 40 years, spoke publicly for the first time since the attack, apologizing individually to his victims. “I don't deserve leniency nor forgiveness,” he said. “I don't want a lighter sentence.”

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Coronavirus is threatening school safety efforts prompted by STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

The state legislature is dealing with a decreased budget and limited time for lawmaking, meaning a slate of bills that have yet to pass on school safety are likely at risk

Education

Teen should be tried for STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, judge says

Colorado learned the danger of glamorizing shooters. Does lionizing student heroes also carry risks?

After two high-profile cases of students fighting back and dying, psychologists warn a shift in school safety could have dangerous ripple effects

Education

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

Parents are fiercely protective of STEM School Highlands Ranch and fighting back against a narrative that it was a pressure cooker headed toward violence

Education

“There wasn’t a whole lot that was going through my mind”: Teen called mom while subduing Highlands Ranch school shooter

Joshua Jones, an 18-year-old senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, said during a news conference Tuesday he was watching "The Princess Bride" in his British literature class when a classmate pulled a gun and told everyone to stay still

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Memorial service planned for Kendrick Castillo, hero in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

The last student still hospitalized in last week's school shooting was released from medical care over the weekend

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STEM School Highlands Ranch didn’t have school resource deputy because of disagreement with sheriff’s office

The school and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office clashed at the end of last school year over the duties of its school resource deputy. Ultimately, a contract wasn’t renewed for the 2018-19 term.

Education

Hero students like Kendrick Castillo highlight a shift in guidance on how to respond to a school shooting

A majority of school districts have now embraced such an approach of training people to fight back, with experts saying educators need to give staff and students as many options as possible in the worst-case scenario

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Kendrick Castillo didn’t hesitate when a gunman burst into his high school classroom. “He went down as a hero.”

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