As we’ve said, time and again, the true story behind mass shootings takes days, weeks, or even months to come out. Which is why the keyboard commandos who jump onto Twitter and other platforms to instantly blame guns, the NRA or even the President are nothing more than rank opportunists out to further their own pet agendas.
These things rarely happen in a vacuum. Mass shooters typically don’t “snap” and go on a rampage and the first accounts of these situations are rarely accurate.
Today there are multiple reports of a parent who anonymously warned the STEM Schhol Highlands Ranch’s board of a disturbing environment in the school. She was apparently concerned that the school could be the site of a Columbine-like attack.
From the Daily Mail:
Five months before the deadly shooting at a Colorado high school, a district official urged the school’s director to investigate allegations made by a mother who feared student bullying and violence could lead to the next ‘Columbine’.
The letter, which was dated December 19, was sent to the director of the STEM School in Denver – the scene of Tuesday’s shooting where one student was killed and eight injured when two classmates opened fire with handguns.
The district official wrote in the letter that the anonymous parent had raised ‘concerns about student violence due to a high-pressure environment’ and referred to the massacre at a nearby school in 1999.
The letter said the parent told Douglas County School Board of Education Director Wendy Vogel by telephone that ‘many students are suicidal and violent in school. Several students have reported sexual assault and nothing is being done.
Referencing an alleged bomb threat and ‘an extremely high drug culture at STEM,’ the parent said the environment at the school was ‘the perfect storm,’ according to the letter.
According the the Daily Mail report as well as one from Reuters, the school contacted local law enforcement and conducted an investigation.
In a statement, STEM School Executive Director Penelope Eucker said the investigation found “no evidence to support any of the allegations.”
Then the school turned its sights on the concerned parent who called in the warning.
According to Reuters . . .
“While STEM took the allegations seriously, our investigation revealed no evidence to support any of the allegations,” the statement said.
On January 17, the school filed a lawsuit in Douglas County District Court seeking to establish the identity of the anonymous parent, who it said defamed the school and Eucker.
On Feb. 1, the school told parents their attorney was seeking “full remedy” for the “outrageous accusations,” which also included embezzling public funds and teaching children how to build bombs.
“We want you to know the depth of this depravity and apologize if you find this as offensive as we did,” said that letter, seen by Reuters.
Maybe the kids who walked out of the vigil that was ostensibly held for their fellow student who died in the attack, and then chanted “mental health” knew something.
Powerful moment when STEM School kids spontaneously started shouting, “mental health! Mental health!“ Anguish at adults not recognizing their pain and the pain of their classmates. #stemschoolshooting pic.twitter.com/8U0lAfh64o
— Jenny Brundin (@CPRBrundin) May 9, 2019