Opinion: Why isn’t district talking about Arapahoe High shooting?

From The Denver Post: The Littleton School District needs to step up and begin talking about what happened in the months before 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed into Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13, firing a pump-action shotgun that killed 17-year-old Claire Davis before killing himself.

For more than a month, district and school officials have refused to talk to reporters about the events, referring all open records requests for even basic information to their lawyers.

On Thursday and Friday, the district maintained its silence even after school security guard Cameron Rust posted a lengthy diatribe against Arapahoe High officials, alleging they ignored warning signs before the attack and that Pierson was “a known threat for a long time.”

Rust’s statements are incendiary and cannot be verified without the district’s input. He claims Pierson had made a death threat directly to his speech and debate coach; that he was caught looking at guns on the Internet while at school; and had repeated outbursts.

If any of Rust’s allegations are proven and the school didn’t take action, the district is in trouble.

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