What is FERPA? And what does it mean for learning more about the East High School shooting?

Denver7: Denver7 has been receiving many questions over what we have and have not been able to report with the East High School shooting and, in particular, the suspect. Because he was under the age of 18, Colorado and federal laws kept much of his information private.

We worked with Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, to get a basic understanding of three main areas of questions we’ve been receiving: what police were able to tell us, what schools were able to tell us, and what we’ll be able to learn going forward.

“There’s always tension in public record laws between what the public is entitled to know versus privacy rights,” Roberts said.

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