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Tue Jun 25, 2019, 03:53 AM

Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it

Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it struggles with trespassers


Just two months before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings the school resource officer on campus called the Jefferson County Sheriff for help.

A 29-year-old man from Texas was in the school parking lot taking pictures and making bizarre statements. Harry Carswell told an officer he had channeled one of the Columbine shooters and planned to return to the school for the 20th commemoration in April.

According to a police report, Carswell, who was living in his van, was convinced he was “the same person” as the now-deceased killer and had traveled to find the shooter’s parents to find out if they thought so, too. He also told the deputy, according to the affidavit, that he had been contacted by the FBI for researching how to make bombs.

Carswell, who was arrested for trespassing and is now jailed in a different county on unrelated charges, is just one of the record 2,400 people who were stopped or arrested between June 2018 and May 2019 at Columbine High School because they did not belong there. Other Jeffco schools have an average of only three to four calls per year, according to safety officials in charge of responding to them.

Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2019/06/24/columbine-high-school-tearing-down-question/

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