Counselor at Platte Canyon High School Suspended

By: AP
By: AP

A counselor at Platte Canyon High School -- the scene of a deadly September siege -- has been suspended after a 15-year-old victim complained he questioned her in detail about the ordeal.

The girl says she did not want to relive her experiences in the one-on-one counseling session less than a month after a gunman took her and other girls hostage September 27th at the Bailey school.

The stand-off ended when 53-year-old gunman Duane Morrison killed himself and 16-year-old student Emily Keyes as a SWAT team stormed the classroom he had seized.

The student says 46-year-old counselor James E.- Orcutt questioned her in detail about the ordeal for more than an hour in October.

She said she left the counseling session in tears.

Orcutt denies wrongdoing.

A Park County Sheriff's Office investigation has ended without charges.

But school officials say Orcutt is on administrative leave through the school year.


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