Thirty members of school staff have been shot and killed at work since 1999. To an already stressful career of ensuring a classroom of kids, who may or may not have arrived at school rested, fed and ready to learn, these people have added the role of protector.
Reporter Elise Schmelzer, who last week won a first-place award from the Colorado Press Association for her writing on the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder, explores this dynamic and the impact it has on a school’s staff.
I’d also like to point your attention to a piece by one of our political reporters, Nic Garcia, just back from some training on covering a presidential election. Nic reports that while Colorado hasn’t set a date for a primary, we can expect it to be early enough – perhaps on Super Tuesday – to get pretty serious attention from the wide field of Democratic candidates. We’ll let you decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad one.
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Many people came to be in Clement Park for the 11:21 am moment of silence marking one week since the Columbine High School shooting, April 27, 1999. Amid the ever-growing memorial of flowers, notes and cards in Clement Park, are a number of votive candles with the photos of the victims and a poster tribute to teacher Dave Sanders made by his step daughter and grandchildren.
In light of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting yesterday, teachers share their growing stress and anxiety when it comes to keeping their students safe. Teachers are asking themselves tough questions: How far should teachers be willing to go to keep their students from harm? What is an acceptable price to pay to stay in the profession they love? Read more from Elise Schmelzer.
MORE FROM COLUMBINE: 20 YEARS LATER
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s oil and gas team and Air Pollution Control Division members give an overview of inspection practices to operators and interested parties at the Troudt battery along Highway 52 in Weld County on April 17, 2019.
The unannounced state health inspections on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas at 13 percent of those sites. Last year’s leaks were half the frequency that they detected five years ago. Read more from Bruce Finley.
Travelers make their way through Denver International Airport amid construction taking place as part of the Great Hall terminal renovation project on Dec. 14, 2018.
Due to an assessment of weak concrete, Denver International Airport renovation contractors are delivering increasingly startling forecasts of the potential impact on a renovation project’s timeline. The $650 million-plus project is now expected to be completed in May 2023 or later. Read more from Jon Murray.
Members of an Alpine Rescue Team carry out the body of 18-year-old Sol Pais, near Echo Lake Campground in Arapaho National Forest, on April 17, 2019 in Idaho Springs.
Sol Pais, the Florida teenager who authorities said was “infatuated” with Columbine, likely killed herself on Monday at Mount Evans. That means she would have been unaware of the panic that shutdown hundreds of schools on Wednesday. Read more from Kirk Mitchell.
Pais’s death by suicide highlighted the conversation of mental health and mass tragedies ahead of the 20th anniversary of Columbine. Read more from Jessica Seaman.
Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren holds a political rally and answers questions from the crowd at the Hanger at Stanley Marketplace on April 16, 2019 in Aurora.
Colorado’s shift to a primary and our state’s changing demographics have drawn more attention from 2020 presidential candidates. According to Colorado Democrats, there is a strong possibility Colorado will vote on Super Tuesday next year. Read more from Nic Garcia.
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