Yesterday, an 18 year old student was murdered and eight classmates were reported as wounded at the STEM K-12 School Highlands Ranch in Colorado.
Early reports reveal a number of similarities to the notorious hit at Columbine High School (CHS) which resulted in the deaths of 12 students and one teacher on April 20, 1999, including:
--CHS and STEM are located within 7.0 miles of each other.
--Both schools had an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students.
--Both attacks involved mass shootings.
--Two students are accused of carrying out the attack on STEM. Two students attacked CHS.
--The eldest accused STEM perpetrator is an 18 year old senior, the same age and grade level as the eldest Columbine mass murderer.
--On line writings of the 18 year old accused at STEM and the 18 year old CHS mass murderer begin with the words "You know what I hate?"
--Bombs were detonated at CHS. A bomb disposal robot was seen being brought into the STEM school.
An obviously terrified young student following the attack at his school.
On line rants of the 18 year old Columbine killer:
On line rants of the 18 year old STEM accused killer:
Recommendations to remedy the continuing problem of school shooters/bombers:
1. Parental accountability laws.
2. Strong ongoing relationship between the school and law enforcement.
3. Solid proactive school safety problem to include reporting mechanisms (traditional and anonymous).
4. Implementation of the WVPI's 3-3 Pledge.