A quick review: Nine students were shot by two of their classmates Tuesday at Highlands Ranch STEM school. One of those students, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, was killed trying to subdue one of the attackers. Eight others were injured.
One of the shooters is a gender confused girl named Maya Elizabeth McKinney. She goes by the name Alec.The other shooter, Devon Michael Erickson, seems to be a sensitive 18 year old who enjoyed music.
9news in Denver is reporting —
Daniel Winsor, director of choice planning at Douglas County School District, wrote the letter on Dec. 19, 2018. It was sent to STEM School Executive Director Penelope Eucker.
In the letter, which was obtained by 9Wants to Know, Winsor outlines an anonymous call from a parent made to Douglas County School Board of Education Director Wendy Vogel.
According to the letter, the parent told Vogel the school has issues with bullying, drug use and violence.
“Many students are suicidal and violent in school,” the letter says, citing the parent’s phone call.
The letter goes on to outline concerns about the “high pressure” environment at the school. It says the parent called it “the perfect-storm” and “expressed concerns about a repeat of Columbine or Arapahoe.”
Unfortunately, liberal politics tried to invade the mourning of Kendrick Castillo but fortunately the kids weren’t having any of it. A group that was part of TeamENOUGH which is part of the Brady Campaign wanted to use a vigil for Kendrick as a political rant on gun control. Of course, we had the requisite politicians as well.
The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. If you want to read what these people tried to do, here is the 9News report.
A number of kids walked out of the event. From 9News,
STEM students who came to the event said they were frustrated to hear politicians speak, and grew angry as the conversation turned to gun control and policy. A large group stormed out of the event in protest. They demanded an opportunity to speak and were upset they weren’t given the chance earlier.
The students, to their immense credit, reorganized the event themselves
Many STEM students later returned to the Highlands Ranch High School gymnasium and refocused the event back to the victims of the shooting.
“What has happened at STEM is awful, but it’s not a statistic,” one student told the crowd. “We can’t be used [as] a reason for gun control, we are people, not a statement.”
The crowd cheered loudly in response.
“This was not a vigil. This was purely a political stunt. This is not what we wanted for Kendrick,” said another student.
Continuing from 9News.
When students did get a chance to talk about the victims, they shared stories about Castillo.
“We are mourning the loss of our best friend, our brother, Kendrick Castillo,” one student said. “He’s somebody that cared for everybody, somebody who was always there, that could fix any problem. Whether that was with his hammer, or with his words, he was there. He was somebody we all loved, and somebody that was so kind that he was willing to sacrifice his own life for ours. And we are forever grateful.”
This is all just so sad. The only people that seem to have their heads on straight are the kids which is who we expect to be the confused ones looking for direction from adults.