DENVER — Politicians and community leaders in Colorado are reacting to news of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday.
Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg released a statement saying “This is a time of intense sorrow and anxiety for all school communities.”
Boasberg talked about security measures at Denver schools including how every school restricts building access to one door, which must be monitored at all times during the school day.
“We will be working with all schools in the coming days to emphasize the importance of vigilance on all safety issues and doing regular reviews with staff of all safety plans,” he said.
DPS spokeswoman Kristy Armstrong said school officials wanted to maintain a calm atmosphere so students were not told about the shooting.
The superintendent of Douglas County Schools sent a letter to all principals telling them to be extra cautious and sensitive to student needs.
Cherry Creek schools sent a phone message to parents saying “All of our schools are on a heightened state of supervision and the police agencies in our district have increased police presence around our schools as a precautionary measure.”
The message also said neither the police nor the district have received any creditable safety concerns.
Aurora theater shooting victims react to news of shooting
Aurora’s mayor, Steve Hogan, who was in office during the movie theater shooting this past summer, released this statement:
“We understand all too well the pain the Newtown community is feeling today and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragic event that unfolded this morning. As a fellow community that has recently experienced this type of tragedy, we stand ready to offer our assistance in every way possible to help Newtown provide the support and guidance that will be necessary for their community to begin to recover. Today’s events also remind us that we must continue to take care of ourselves and one another, as we continue to heal.”
Outside the Aurora Century 16 theater, the lights remain off as crews inside remodel the site where on July 20th, hundreds of lives were forever changed.
“It’s just a big flashback, all the images the sounds, the people” said Aurora shooting survivor Nick Gallup. Gallup, who was attending the Batman midnight premiere with his girlfriend, was stuck in the head by a bullet. Months after the attack Gallup said the healing is far from over.
“Seeing it in a movie, or on TV is one thing, but when you feel it, when you have it in front of you…its completely different its real,” added Gallup.