KOAA TV: School Threats Town Hall Action Plan

Posted 03/13/2018

Tom Kackley

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month, school districts across the nation reported an uptick in credible and non-credible threats, including numerous cases right here in Southern Colorado.

This is why KOAA News 5 and UCCS are hosting a special town hall event to start a discussion between law enforcement, school districts and parents.

An audience member asked if schools are considering adding additional safety measures for schools, like bulletproof rooms or door stoppers.

Falcon Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts said Falcon schools have added bulletproof film on some windows

"School is statistically one of the safest places you can be, but you are also somewhat responsible for your own safety. said Pueblo Police Captain Charlie Taylor. "To teach them how to protect themselves and have them feel free to do that is part of the conversation."

An audience member has asked what schools are doing to help students who are bullied.

El Paso County deputy Sgt. William Elwell talked about an ambassador program at Falcon Middle School, which was aimed at reaching out to students who were having trouble assimilating with the rest of the student body.

District 20 spokesperson Allison Cortez said her district adopted a curriculum to educate staff and students about emotional intelligence.

Aspen Pointe has two walk-in crisis centers located in Colorado Springs that are open to parents who are concerned for their child's well being. 

Addresses of both locations:

115 South Parkside Drive
Colorado Springs

AspenPointe Woodmen
6071 East Woodmen Rd., Ste 135
St. Francis Medical Center, North Care Building

Aspen Pointe also has phone resources for crisis help. Call 844-493-TALK (8255) or text: TALK to 38255

We are now talking about the dangers of social media and the spread of threats.

"When there's misinformation out there, that's how it spreads." said Woodland Park Spokesperson Stacy Schubloom.

Other administrators said it's an opportunity for parents to help their child learn the importance and responsibility that comes with using social media. 

"We have an opportunity to teach digital responsibility and digital citizenship," said District 11 spokesperson Devra Ashby

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