Denver and Boulder schools increase police presence following the Uvalde school shooting

Less than a year after removal of officers from schools, their presence returned amid threats in school year’s final days

By: - May 27, 2022 1:38 pm
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During the last days of the school year, some Colorado schools are seeing an increase in security and police presence following the Uvalde school shooting in Texas on Tuesday. 

Denver Public Schools will have an increase in police presence for the remainder of the school year that ends June 3. This news comes less than a year after Denver and Boulder schools began removing police to stop students of color from being targeted. 

“Over the next two weeks, our Department of Safety and Denver police will have an increased uniformed presence in and around our schools,” Denver school officials said in a statement.

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Tay Anderson, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education vice president, took to Twitter saying he is “utterly disappointed and shocked” by the decision to bring police back into Denver schools. He also said that the Board of Education was not consulted on the decision. 

Jefferson County Public Schools finished the school year on Wednesday but the communications office did not say if schools saw an increase in police presence for the last day of the school year. The district did not decrease its police presence in the fall as Denver and Boulder did. 

While the school year wraps up, threats on the Front Range began popping up after the Uvalde school shooting. 

Northfield High School in Denver was placed on lockdown Thursday morning due to a report of a student possibly having a gun on the Paul Sandoval campus. Two people were later arrested and the weapon turned out to be a paintball gun.

The incident followed a threat in Boulder. Casey Middle School in Boulder was under threat of a shooting earlier in the week, but officers arrested a 14-year-old suspect Wednesday. 

Schools in Boulder also saw an increase in police presence during the last days of its school year, according to Boulder Police Department spokesperson Dionne Waugh. Boulder Valley School District had its last day of school May 26. 

“We want high visibility,” Waugh said. “Everybody sees us and knows we’re there.” 

Waugh said the increase is not a long-term response and was meant to maintain safety for the last days of the school year. 

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Zoe Schacht
Zoe Schacht

Zoe Schacht is a reporter for Colorado Newsline. In December 2022, she will graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in journalism and a minor in communication. At CU, Zoe was Editor-in-Chief for the CU Independent where she gained a passion for journalism and storytelling.

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