‘What are they hiding?’ Questions arise when judge seals case file of teens charged in Colo STEM shooting

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The public will not be allowed to see the case file against the two Colorado teenagers accused of the shooting at a STEM charter school last week.

The suspects were formally charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder after their shooting spree at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math charter school in Highlands Ranch on May 7 which left one student dead and eight other injured, Reuters reported.

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But the charges, which included first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, arson and theft, along with the entire case file were promptly placed under seal by Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade.

Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, were both being held without bond. McKinney, who identifies as male, but was listed as Maya Elizabeth McKinney on the court docket, was charged as an adult.

Reuters reported:

Five months ago, a school district official urged the STEM school’s director to investigate allegations of student bullying and violence by a parent who feared they could lead to the next “Columbine.” The director said an investigation found no evidence to support the allegations.

The STEM school had no sworn police officer at the 1,850-student campus, after a dispute with the sheriff’s office over the previous school resource officer’s role ended that relationship last year, the school said last week.


An armed security guard, presumably from the private security company which was hired to patrol the campus, responded to the shooting. An 18-year-old student, Kendrick Castillo and two classmates charged the shooters and likely prevented more deaths. Castillo, who was days away from graduating, was tragically killed in the brave effort.

“If I had to describe him a certain way, the first it would be love, the love for anybody that he met,” John Castillo, the father of the robotics enthusiast and aspiring engineer said during a memorial service on Wednesday. “We all really, really love Kendrick, but to carry on his life’s message, we need to be more like him.”

With the details in the case not lining up with the left’s narrative, the media has noticeably not saturated coverage with details of the case.

And with the sealing of the case file by the judge, the public will be getting even less information.


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