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Days after Uvalde shooting, four Denver area schools had to be secured — a chilling reminder of the threat of mass shootings – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2022-05-26 19:36:47 –

“Hey, I’m going to be senior next year, and there’s no school shooting yet,” Jude Rusha told their mother, Joyan, a few weeks ago. “If I die from a school shooting, send my picture to everyone in Congress.”

These are the kind of remarks that young people make after the life of an active shooter drill in the United States, A country with more guns than peopleIn Colorado Columbine, Aurora Century 16 And that Boulder King Supers Shooting..

A few weeks after the conversation, on Tuesday, The country witnessed the shooting of the 27th school This year, it was held at Rob Elementary in Yuvalde, Texas. 19 students and 2 teachers were killed.

Then on Thursday, Northfield High School reported Someone had a paintball marker on campusSends the school to blockade and parents panic.

JoyAnn has already been on the edge for the last two days. I wanted to see Northfield in Central Park go out for Thursday summer.

However, on her way to school (the last day of the school year), she received a text from Jude that she had long been afraid that she might get it. There were many police officers outside. There was a rugged sound — maybe a gun.

When something happened, “I’m sorry, and I love you,” Jude sent the text.

JoyAnn turned the car, honked it to block traffic, and ran through the red lights towards Northfield. Police were on the scene when she arrived. Her parents were parked a few blocks away.

She rushed to school and stumbled upon her sandals to find out what was going on. She wanted her child not to send a text message.

“I told Jude many times,’If you’re in this situation, hiding, or in active danger and trying to run, don’t stop and send me a text. No. I already know that you love me, “she recalled. “When I received their text, I thought,’They haven’t heard of their mother.’ I sent a text message. Don’t be a hero. “

Outside of school, rumors spread among parents. In a classroom with barricades and a dark closet, the students sent texts to guess what was happening. The gun was a toy … or a BB gun … or a paintball gun … or a decoy for actual shooting.

The official told Joy Ann that he didn’t know what was going on inside and whether everyone was okay.

“We were all obviously very worried because nothing was said,” she said. Her parents prayed and hugged and wondered if the children were alive.

Joyan recalled that the sheriff’s adjutant walked to the crying mother. “Are you okay?” He asked. “It’s okay … I also have a boy.”

She was thirsty, but Joyan refused to drink the cold water she brought. What if Jude is thirsty for her?

Parents tried to climb the fence that separated them from their children. Students, teachers and guards shouted at each other. An elderly person with a young brother asked the police to reunite them, but it didn’t help at all. The sun was shining on everyone.

Two hours have passed before JoyAnn and Jude finally reconnect. The water in her bottle was warm. As they ran away, the pizza began to arrive. The family has been waiting for a long time.

Kevin J. Beatty / Denverite

What happened in Northfield

Denver police chief Paul M. Pazen said it took three minutes for authorities to arrive at the school after receiving reports of weapons on campus. Pazen added that the two were detained and the prosecution was pending.

Dr. Alex Marello, DPS overseer, praised officials’ response time to the situation.

“There were nearly 2,000 students on this campus,” Marello said. “Our response time was to secure this campus with six buildings at the push of a button. I’m glad it wasn’t the case, but this is the drill. If so, this was the drill I had. “

Juniors Jackson Garofoli and Vicente Rodriguez were running late this morning and were stopped by school officials. Both students said they were very cautious since the shooting on Tuesday.

“As soon as we got here, we couldn’t get inside the building. They said there were police officers all over the campus. They told us to return to our car,” Rodriguez said. Said. “”[The school] I handled it well. I like the way they had lots of policemen and lots of people. “

“It definitely raises concerns … what happened in Texas earlier this week was really tragic and really sad,” Garofoli added.

It wasn’t just Northfield’s parents and students who were scared on Thursday or this week in Denver.

According to Greenwood Village police, Cherry Creek High School, Campus Middle School, and Bellevue Elementary School were all placed on a safe border around 10 am. Students and staff were brought to the building for normal activities, but all entrance doors were closed and locked after an unknown person threatened to “shoot and kill the school” on social media.

Police say they are working to identify the person who posted the threatening message.

And earlier this week, Boulder police arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to shoot at Casey Middle School.

The Northfield case was resolved without injury, but the trauma had already spread to the community.

Omar Reyes, who works as a program manager for the Denver Public School’s Material Prevention Team, attended an online conference at his home 800 meters from Northfield High School and saw dozens of ambulances approaching the school. ..

Worried, he drove to the scene and talked to three children who said the school was closed.

The incident shook him both as an educator and as a parent.

“It was really hard,” he said. “Given what happened in Texas the other day, it’s really difficult.”

He immediately called his son’s elementary school to see if it was blocked and confirmed that it wasn’t.

“As a parent, given what happened at the beginning of the week in Texas and what’s happening in America for 25 f ****** years, I have to do something for my child. I feel like it, “he said. “I’m promoted. Due to circumstances, I’m in a level of combat or escape mode. There was already a school shoot this week … so I’m angry. Seeking comfort. I am. “

Denverite Visual Journalist Kevin Beaty and CPR Audience Editor Obed Manuel contributed to this report.

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