Highlands Ranch School Shooting Thread

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting who has emerged as an activist for stronger gun control laws, smacks down Sen. Cory Gardner’s “thoughts and prayers” boilerplate in response to yesterday’s shooting in Highlands Ranch:



The Douglas County coroner has not released the identity of the student who died, however, the family of Kendrick Castillo, 18, confirmed to NBC News that he was the student who was killed.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said two shooters walked into the campus’ high school at South Ridgeline Boulevard and Plaza Drive at around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday and opened fire on their classmates in “two separate locations.” The sheriff’s office initially said both suspects were male, but Wednesday morning said the second suspect is a juvenile female.


We’re following tragic news from the STEM School in Douglas County, a K-12 charter school with some 1,800 students:

Two suspects are in custody and seven to eight people were injured following a shooting Tuesday afternoon at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, according to Douglas County sheriff’s officials.

Police are still searching the school, but do not believe there are any other suspects, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said at a news conference.

We’ll update when more information is made available. Hug your kids.

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    A bit more info from Channel 7/ABC  here

    Lock down there, lock outs at other schools. 

  2. mamajama55 says:

    DougCo voted to arm its security guards with Bushmaster rifles. Did it help ?

    Too early to tell. They were on scene almost immediately, so that probably helped.

    So sick of this shit. Little children terrorized so that the gun industry can make more money.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Too early for thoughts and prayers?

    I’d ask PoddyMouth to lead us in prayer but with his brazen use of the F-bomb these days I best not. Somebody’s Jesus will be offended. 

    I have two grandchildren in Front Range schools and I’m sick of this shit. 

  4. skeptical citizen says:

    Now we have a death.

    RMGO, are you proud?

  5. bullshit! says:

    "Thoughts and prayers HEY another check from the NRA." – Cory Gardner

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Monday evening I had dinner with one of Jeremy Richman's best friends.  The dinner wasn't about gun violence, but of mental health (there is some research being started on how cannabidiols from the hemp plant have a positive effect on brain health) and the collapse of resources here in the US – something Jeremy's Avielle Foundation was focusing upon.  To hear him recount the nightmare the Richmans lived post-Sandy Hook was heart-wrenching (looking at you, Alex Jones).  On a flight yesterday I sat next to an Australian as this was unfolding – and how they've all but ended gun violence in his country.

    We know how to fix this.


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