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Oh NO! Hostage situation at High School

post #1 of 29
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Oh dear, there is a hostage situation at a local high school. I just hate this, it is really upsetting. Those poor parents!
post #2 of 29
What is WITH these high school hostage/shooting situations??
The hostages, their families, and the family of the gunman are in my prayers. Let's all hope that there is a SAFE ending to the situation!
post #3 of 29
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What is WITH these high school hostage/shooting situations??
The hostages, their families, and the family of the gunman are in my prayers. Let's all hope that there is a SAFE ending to the situation!
Well, it's the same county as Columbine, too - so the dispatchers and sheriff's officers and administrators are probably all freaking too.
post #4 of 29
Ooh, it's in the same county?? I must have missed that part of the article. Talk about something hitting too close to home!
post #5 of 29
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Ooh, it's in the same county?? I must have missed that part of the article. Talk about something hitting too close to home!
Yeah, it's in west Jefferson County. I live in Golden. Columbine is a few miles south of us and Bailey is a few miles west. I'm sure I know a couple of kids who go to Platte Canyon. My son's 1st grade teacher had 2 daughters AT Columbine that day...
post #6 of 29
Well, actually Bailey is in Park County, not Jefferson. But it's within about 10 miles of the Jefferson/Park County border (it was being reported earlier as being in Jeffco). Bailey is about 40 miles southwest of Littleton, which is where Columbine is.

The latest is that some guy, ~35 years old, went in to the school around 11:30, and demanded something from a teacher. When she refused, he started shooting. Fortunately, there are no reported injuries. He then said that he has a bomb in his backpack and took 6 people hostages.

It was at this point that the Park County Sherrif's Office (it is a largely unpopulated, very mountainous and beautiful county) contacted the Jeffco Police for their assistance, specifically their bomb squad and SWAT team. That's when the media heard of it.

Since then, 4 hostages have been released. He still has two. There are currently negotiations ongoing, apparently over a custody issue. Apparently the school staff do know who this individual is, and hopefully that will be able to help with the negotiations.
post #7 of 29
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Thanks, Heidi, I'm not very coherent right now.

I haven't heard quite as much as you - what's your source? (I keep thinking Bailey is part of our county since we always play them in softball, LOL.)
post #8 of 29
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Thanks, Heidi, I'm not very coherent right now.

I haven't heard quite as much as you - what's your source? (I keep thinking Bailey is part of our county since we always play them in softball, LOL.)
It was the top story on CNN.com a few minutes ago.
post #9 of 29
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D'oh! Of course I was watching LOCAL news coverage.
post #10 of 29
Kim, I'm actually listening to 850 KOA.

The Jeffco official that is giving a press conference is basically saying that they don't know anything - they don't know who the gunman is, why he's doing it, and that they don't have a reliable communication link at this time. I think this is going to be one of those stories where we're going to hear a lot before we actually know what is going on.
post #11 of 29
Roger Hudson from KOA said he spoke with some staff members who were in the school and they told them that they believe they know who he is, and that it is likely about a custody dispute.

Here's a sad situation...apparently the parents of the two girls who are being held hostage have not been notified. My heart goes out to the parents who go to pick up their kids only to find out they are still in the school.
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Roger Hudson from KOA said he spoke with some staff members who were in the school and they told them that they believe they know who he is, and that it is likely about a custody dispute.

Here's a sad situation...apparently the parents of the two girls who are being held hostage have not been notified. My heart goes out to the parents who go to pick up their kids only to find out they are still in the school.
Oh dear. That just gave me chills. Soooooo sad. I can't get radio because the building I'm in is built like a bomb shelter. (You can join me here if there's ever a tornado!)

Just heard there was an explosion, and one of the hostages was taken out on Flight For Life.
post #13 of 29
They are saying that it is over. One of the girls was reportedly shot and injured critically. The other is apparently fine. They just said that the gunman is dead. More details will come out in about 20 minutes when they hold a press conference.

Imagine getting this text message from your 15 year old:

hey there's a gun hijacking at the school. i'm fine. bad situation.

One parent got that today at 11:33. The story didn't break on the news for another hour, and wasn't resolved until 4:00.
post #14 of 29
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They are saying that it is over. One of the girls was reportedly shot and injured critically. The other is apparently fine. They just said that the gunman is dead. More details will come out in about 20 minutes when they hold a press conference.

Imagine getting this text message from your 15 year old:

hey there's a gun hijacking at the school. i'm fine. bad situation.

One parent got that today at 11:33. The story didn't break on the news for another hour, and wasn't resolved until 4:00.
And what if your kid didn't have their phone today, or if you had a daughter there. I feel sick...
post #15 of 29
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And what if your kid didn't have their phone today, or if you had a daughter there. I feel sick...
I'm sure every parent, especially with kids in high school like yours are, feels the same way.
post #16 of 29
They just announced that the girl who was shot by the gunman passed away. She was just 16 years old, going to school like any other day. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
post #17 of 29
Talk about having your life turned on its ear. Yes, my thoughts are with her family, too -- and all the other people involved in yet another senseless thing...
post #18 of 29
Oh no! This is the first I'm hearing of this. My prayers are with everyone involved. How terrible.
post #19 of 29
Looks like he also sexually assaulted some of the hostages before letting them go. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...026002,00.html

How horrible for the girls and their families.
post #20 of 29
I'm soo saddened to hear this! My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I'm soo sad to hear that the 16yr old didn't make it. This is soo sad. All of those people will be in my prayers tonight.
post #21 of 29
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Looks like he also sexually assaulted some of the hostages before letting them go. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...026002,00.html

How horrible for the girls and their families.
Oh dear. I heard one of the dads of one of the boys in the classroom say something to the effect that "terrible things happened" that he couldn't say on camera.
post #22 of 29
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Oh dear. I heard one of the dads of one of the boys in the classroom say something to the effect that "terrible things happened" that he couldn't say on camera.
Yeah, when I heard him say that, and say that the gunman made all of the boys leave I was afraid he had sexually assaulted the girls. I can't even wrap my mind around what those girls, and their families, and the whole school is going through.

Earl told me about what is being said on another board he is on, how people are blaming the school for not having enough security or whatnot, how they should have been more prepared for something like this. To put this in perspective, Park County has a population of 14,000. Yes, the whole county. The whole high school is smaller than my graduating class. This is a peaceful, idillic mountain community. I go there many times every summer, to Bailey specifically. People move to this part of Colorado to get away from the problems that are in the Denver Metro area - the crime, the traffic, the close neighbors. This is the type of place where you can honestly leave your home unlocked, where people know each other and honestly trust each other. This type of thing cannot be anticipated in the biggest of cities - seriously, who would anticipate a stranger coming to a school, taking hostages and raping girls at gunpoint before murdering one?

The body count may be lower, but knowing the area as I do this is just as shocking or more than Columbine.
post #23 of 29
What a horrible evil person! He is gone, but so is an innocent girl, and the other 5 girls have been traumatized and assaulted. And his family has to be devastated...as are all of the people involved.

My sister lives in Bailey...it is such a beautiful area! I am doubly sad that such a violent act happened there. (Thankfully my niece isn't in school yet.)

Another article. The girl that died was named Emily.
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...024828,00.html

There are links to the right of the article to more stories and a slide show of pics...
post #24 of 29
I heard all the updates on the news this morning and felt the grief wash over.... what an incredibly tragic situation all around . And to add to it the fact that the hostages were sexually assaulted? My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy.
post #25 of 29
As to the question of security, unless we put armed guards at every school and make it as secure as prison, there is little to prevent someone this determined. Metal detectors, unarmed security guards, etc. can't stop people from shooting their way in.

It was hard watching the news last night because I was home on the day of Columbine shootings. It was the same scene, people running from the school;emergency personnel all around.

But it also sounded like lessons were learned from Columbine. The local authorities had completed drills recently and immediately called in the Jeffco swat team.
post #26 of 29
Wow! I am just hearing of this this morning. Such a sad thing for those people to have gone through. My thoughts and prayers are with those that were involved.
post #27 of 29
Oh god, I can only imagine what went through my cousins' heads. They both work as EMTs in that area. One of them used to be on the SWAT team until he saw the aftermath of Columbine. He just couldn't do it any more.
post #28 of 29
Oh man, my heart just tore in two for the family after reading this story. At least she got to say it...

http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?O...7-c589c01ca7bf
post #29 of 29
So heartbreaking! I'm sure the EMT's and other police and healthcare workers are terrorized by this, as are the teachers and kids. The whole town, basically.

And the girl was a twin...I pray her brother comes out of this ok. I cannot even begin to imagine how a kid could process that.

Another heartbreaking link...
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...026976,00.html
All the parents awaiting their kids...just brings me to tears!
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