• Arming teachers isn't new, but no less controversial in Pikes Peak region

    BY Debbie Kelley, abigail censky and conrad swanson the gazette
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Arming teachers, as suggested by President Donald Trump and the gun-rights lobbyist National Rifle Association, isn't new in the Pikes Peak region. The board of Hanover School District 28 in southeast El Paso County voted 3-2 more than a year ago to let teachers and other staff...

  • Colorado is one of a few states that allows victims of school violence to sue school districts

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Credible as well as unfounded threats at schools have increased nationwide since the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Awareness is particularly heightened in Colorado, one of a few states that waives governmental immunity on acts of school violence and allows civil...

  • Teachers create #ArmMeWith social media movement

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    In response to the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., some teachers across the nation have created a social media movement via Instagram and  Twitter, #armmewith. The initiative is in response to President Donald Trump's call for more teachers to be armed with guns....

  • Earth to Mars program visits Colorado Springs high schools for National Engineers Week

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    This is National Engineers Week, and 100  ninth graders in four Colorado Springs schools got to put on their engineering caps when Earth to Mars came to their schools. Challenger Center, Raytheon and Challenger Learning Center of Colorado brought the STEM (science, technology,...

  • Colorado Springs teen arrested, violent threats toward school alleged

    By LIZ FORSTER liz.forster@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    A 17-year-old Colorado Springs student was arrested Thursday after making violent threats toward his School of Excellence run by the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The student, who wasn't identified because of his age, said he was "suicidal, homicidal and...

  • Executive director of Colorado Springs-based charter school placed on administrative leave

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Richard Mestas, executive director and principal of GOAL Academy High School, the state's largest alternative-education program, has been placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, says the school's attorney, Dustin Sparks of Monument. Sparks said Thursday...

  • Two Peyton High School students arrested after classmate reports threats

    liz forster and Ellie Mulder The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    Two Peyton High School students were arrested Thursday on suspicion of making threats against another student. Peyton School District 23 Superintendent Tim Kistler said a student reported being verbally threatened by two other students. An investigation overnight Wednesday by the El...

  • Colorado Springs law enforcement youth group shows its appreciation with thin blue line flags

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    Seventeen-year-old Tobi Harris' mom is active-duty military, and when she heard what her son was doing Wednesday night, she uttered words Tobi would echo: "It's quite a bit of an honor." Harris and two other students from Mesa Ridge High School presented large oak flags to El Paso...

  • Air Academy High School increases security after 2 possible threats

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 21, 2018

    Extra security is in place at Air Academy High on Wednesday after the school district received two Safe2Tell tips about potential threats, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. Academy School District 20 says the threats do not appear credible, KKTV reported. Additional details...

  • 3 more Colorado students arrested for alleged threats

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 21, 2018

    LAKEWOOD — A student has been taken into custody after making a threat of violence against Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Jefferson County Public Schools said Wednesday. The district received several reports about the threat late Tuesday night through Safe2Tell Colorado....

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