State lawmakers are currently studying ways to prevent school violence, how to assuage the issue in local schools, and how to deal with children who may need mental health services or increased mental health services.
In response to the 2013 death of Claire Davis, who was shot by a fellow student at Arapahoe High School, the committee was formed by Colorado lawmakers and will meet throughout the entire summer. Moreover, lawmakers across the country have been searching for solutions for nearly two decades when it comes to student violence, all as a result of Columbine.
One resident, whose name is anonymous, stated, “Better late than never. We shouldn’t wait for incidents to review the policies; make it an ongoing process”.
According to the committee, their studies should reach some sort of initiative by the end of summer 2015, so that rules and programs can be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year. Denver movers hope that the study will help create programs that will allow families who are moving to Denver to feel safe placing their children in the local school systems.
The study will provide ideas for legislation next year and the committee is comprised of lawmakers, parents, school officials, and mental-health professionals.