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The minimal coverage the IR gave the school shooting in the Denver area STEM school (on page 3!) left out many details about the event.

For example, NBC.com reports: “Documents obtained by NBC affiliate KUSA show that a parent warned school officials of 'a repeat of Columbine' months before shots were fired Tuesday afternoon.” This parent expressed concerns about the “extremely high drug culture” and “student violence” and bullying. This parent called it a “perfect storm” and was worried that students who are prone to “copy-catting” would repeat Columbine.

The school had more direct evidence that something was about to happened, as the 18-year-old who opened fire at the school had a history of bullying younger kids and joking about shooting up the school.

Undoubtedly, there will be many loud calls for gun control in the wake of this tragedy, but the real tragedy is that school officials ignored the culture in the school that fermented these attitudes, ignored obvious signs of impending violence, and ignored the fact that once again a shooting has occurred in a “gun-free” zone where no one was armed and able to defend the students.

Edward Meardon

Helena

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