DPS in secret crafted policy change to return armed cops to high schools, recording confirms

The Denver Gazette: Denver Public Schools’ board members crafted the policy that returned school resource officers to the city’s schools in a closed-door meeting they held in March, a day after a student shot and wounded two deans at East High School, a recording of the meeting confirmed. 

Outside of public view, the board members debated, strategized and ultimately decided to release a memo outlining the policy changes, which departed from the board’s decision in 2020 to bar school resource officers from campuses, the video recording showed.

The stated purpose of the executive session was to discuss details of security arrangements or of investigations as a result of the shooting and to talk about individual students, presumably including Lyle Austin, who, police said, later committed suicide after shooting the two East High deans. 

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