- Jan 22:
- Littleton board hears from school safety and violence experts
- Jan 21:
- Report: School clashed with
- investigators after Arapahoe shooting
- Jan 19:
- State lawmakers urge educators to act on Arapahoe High School report
- Jan 18:
- Arapahoe High shooting reports detail 3 major failures in procedures
- New details to be released in fatal Arapahoe High School shooting
- May 7:
- Littleton schools pays ex-guard $6,000 settlement
Reports detailing failures in the handling of the events leading up to the 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School — and recommendations to close those gaps — were presented to state lawmakers, educators and school safety experts Friday.
Three independent reports, released for the first time Monday, found common lapses by administrators at the high school and officials of Littleton Public Schools in communicating concerns and tracking multiple outbursts by Karl Pierson, the 18-year-old student who killed classmate Claire Davis before taking his own life. But each of the reports also delivered dozens of recommendations on ways to improve threat assessment procedures and communication at Arapahoe High School and schools across the state.
The reports marked the end of the Davis family's fight for the release of information surrounding the shooting. In April, the board of education voted to approve a proposal from the family agreeing to start arbitration to avoid a lawsuit by the Davises.
On Friday, Michael and Desiree Davis asked legislators and school leaders not to waste the lessons learned by the death of their daughter.
"Going through the arbitration process was our gift to the state of Colorado, but this process is no longer about our precious daughter Claire, who we will miss till the end of our days. Nor is it about Karl Pierson, a teenager in crisis, who we believe would have made very different choices if a helping hand had reached out from a system designed to not miss the opportunities to help him," Michael Davis said.
"This process is now about the next student in crisis who is on the brink of hurting themselves or others — it's about implementing meaningful changes that will help identify those kids early and intervene with positive support to prevent the next tragedy."
Davis also forgave Arapahoe High School principal Natalie Pramenko and Superintendent Brian Ewert, who this week publicly acknowledged mistakes by the school and district and showed an eagerness to make changes.
Members of the School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee took Davis' cue. Committee members focused their questions to the reports' authors on understanding the mistakes made during the Dec. 13, 2013, shooting and applying some of the recommendations to schools across the state.
State Senate President Bill Cadman, who sits on the committee, said he and other lawmakers will now begin processing the reports and considering new legislation.
"This is a call to action," Cadman said.