Report On Arapahoe School Shooting Released

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The University of Colorado Center for the Study of Prevention of Violence released a report Monday about the Arapahoe High School shooting.

In Dec. 2013, a gunman walked into the school, reportedly looking for a specific teacher. Seventeen-year-old Claire Davis was shot. She was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.

The suspected gunman took his own life.

The report outlines the school's procedures and policies for assessing risks and threats, as well as lessons that can be applied to prevent future incidents. (A link to the full report is attached to this article.)

The report found that the school and district failed to train students and staff about how to use an anonymous reporting system. It cites information from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office that 10 students had "substantive concerns about KP’s [Karl Pierson] anger problems and gun ownership prior to the shooting," but only one student reported these concerns to a counselor, and no students used the Safe2Tell tip line.

Contributors to the report also concluded that the school didn't adequately document behavioral and safety concerns about the shooter. It alleges that "not one AHS teacher, administrator or staff person had a complete record of KP’s history of concerning
behaviors over his more than three years at AHS, making it challenging to adequately assess the threat he presented."

The school also reportedly did not implement the district's threat assessment polices, and much of the staff and teachers were not trained in the districts threat assessment procedures.

The report concludes that the school system "failed at many points to get a handle on KP’s problems, in spite of the fact that there were many warning signs and many opportunities."

The report acknowledges that the school and district have already started implementing changes when it comes to safety since the shooting.

The report will be presented to the Interim Committee on School Safety and Youth in Crisis in Denver Friday.

Davis' parents have been involved in several pieces of legislation since the attack on their daughter. In 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law SB15-213, The Claire Davis School Safety Act. The law was created to hold schools accountable if violence were to happen, and to make schools a safer place.

11 News asked District 11 if they will be reviewing the report. A spokesperson said nothing is set in stone yet, but they are always keeping an eye out for new legislation surrounding schools.

Click here to see the full report.

Below is KKTV coverage from the scene of the shooting when it happened in December 2013.

KKTV: Arapahoe High School Shooting from Lauri Martin on Vimeo.