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Jury finds second STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter guilty of first-degree murder

After five hours of deliberation, jurors have found Devon Erickson guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019. In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, the jury found Erickson guilty of 44 other charges, including attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon on […]

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Colorado student, scientist named Time Magazine’s “Kid of the Year”

LONE TREE — A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist who has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems has been named Time Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year.” Gitanjali Rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver who […]

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

Betrayal. Lasting fear. Anger.  A community forever shattered. Victims of last year’s deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, including students who barely escaped death, spoke of still-raw wounds as 17-year-old Alec McKinney, one of the two shooters responsible for the attack, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 […]

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

Colorado lawmakers spent the months after the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting last year trying to find policy avenues to improve school safety.  But now, a year after the attack that left one student, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, dead and several more wounded, the slate of measures they drafted to try to keep students and teachers […]