Colorado STEM school parent warned district that a ‘repeat of Columbine’ was looming. They accused parent of slander.
First court appearance of alleged gunman at Colorado STEM School in Highlands Ranch … credit NBC News

Earlier in the school year, a few months before last week’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado, an anonymous parent’s complaint warned district administrators that a “repeat of Columbine” was possible. The district sent a letter to school administrators about the warning and apparently, their only response was to file a lawsuit to discover the parent’s identity.

The parent called the district and was not willing to give her name until her student graduates in May for fear her child would be expelled. According to the district’s letter, the parent reported that “there is ‘a document online’ that says they will be expelled if they … speak out about STEM.”

The concerned parent’s call to the district addressed a long list of complaints and warnings about how the school was being run and things that had occurred to that point. The parent said the school suffered from “an extremely high drug culture,” “student violence due to a high-pressure environment,” “safety issues,” instances of sexual assault, and a recent bomb threat.

NBC News reported the 18-year-old shooter was a bully and made jokes about school shootings, possibly connecting the parent’s report about the danger of a shooting.

On NBC’s “Today,” former student Kevin Cole said the suspected shooter, Devon Erickson, “would whisper, like get really close and kinda put his arm around you, and whisper in your ear, ‘don’t come to school tomorrow.”

The letter stated the parent said school officials had ignored her concerns. She also said that students had learned to build a bomb in school, students had smeared feces on the walls and were forced to clean it up with no gloves, and accused a teacher of hitting a student. The parent also indicated a financial audit at the school was needed, alleging that “money is being sent to China and Mexico.”

“The concerns expressed by this individual are very serious and need to be looked into to the extent possible,” the letter to the school’s executive director, Penny Eucker from the district said, adding a request that the district be “apprised of your investigation and conclusions.”

NBC reported:

Highlands Ranch parents were notified in February of some accusations made during the call, a letter from Eucker and a member of the school board showed.

“These outrageous accusations of criminal behavior of our outstanding and dedicated volunteer board threatens their very professions. An investigation by STEM Board and staff leadership revealed no evidence of these allegations,” the letter said.

The school filed a lawsuit, denying all of the allegations and accusing the parent caller of slander and invasion of privacy. The lawsuit sought to issue a subpoena for phone records that would reveal the identity of the caller.

Sadly, as always happens with tragedies like this, leftist gun controllers are quick to pounce, but students at the school were having none of it.


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