Parents left out in the cold when it comes to getting school safety information

From North Forty News (northern Colorado): As the state legislature, school districts and law enforcement agencies discuss how to make Colorado schools safer, the North Forty News found that parents have been left out in the cold because there’s no way to independently verify — either online or via formal records requests — whether the school their child attends is safe.

A three-month investigation involving more than 30 Colorado Open Records Act requests, hundreds of highway miles to file hard copy records requests and a dozen other e-mail or phone requests to state and local agencies found that Fort Collins Police Services and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office are reluctant to release any information about juveniles involved in crimes and disruptive incidents at Poudre School District K-12 schools.

As a result, there’s no avenue for parents to verify via law enforcement how violent crimes at schools were reported, who the victim was — whether student, teacher or staff, whether a victim was injured or was bullied, whether an incident resulted in charges or prosecution and how a case was resolved, if it was.

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