Months before shooting, parent warned Colorado school could be next 'Columbine'


A Denver-area school where a shooting killed a teenager and wounded eight other students was without a resource officer because of a canceled sheriff's office contract. One student, Kendrick Castillo, was killed and eight others wounded.

The shooting stunned this Denver suburb, which lies not far from Littleton, where the shooting at Columbine High in 1999 horrified the nation and led to dramatic increases in security measures at schools.

In another from 2018 he said: 'I'm only posting one of my senior pictures so people don't think I dropped out since I don't take classes at stem anymore'.

A second shooter was captured by an armed security guard. "Never said a mean joke".

"I know that my client is a hero and I know that he did everything in his power to protect the kids, and the staff and the faculty that he knows and works with every day", the guard's attorney, Robert Burk, said in an interview Thursday.

Cecilia Bedard, 19, had known Castillo since elementary school and said he was always friendly, modest and excited to help people.

His 16-year-old accused accomplice, referred to in court by his lawyer as Alec McKinney, was listed on the court docket by the name Maya Elizabeth McKinney but was addressed by the judge during the hearing as Mr McKinney.

Investigators have not discussed a motive for the shooting.

"He doesn't even realize how many lives he saved by stopping a school shooting", Whitus said Wednesday.

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During separate initial court appearances on Wednesday, Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade ordered them held without bond pending a presentment of actual charges. It credited the guard, deputies and students with thwarting the attack.

The district official's letter, seen by Reuters, said the parent told Douglas County School Board of Education Director Wendy Vogel by telephone that "many students are suicidal and violent in school".

Court documents confirm this lawsuit was filed in January.

Two other students wrestled the gun from the shooter's hand and subdued him.

The unnamed parent called a school district official, who detailed the claims in a letter to the school's director.

Police vehicles are stationed outside the school following the shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S., May 8, 2019. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., spoke.

At one point, someone shouted that students should be allowed to speak, and organizers talked with students in a hallway about how to include them. "Their job is not to give up their own save their classmates' lives".

Another difference between the anger in Colorado and the activism in Parkland was the role of the adults in the room, students tell TIME.