Education News in Brief

Colo. Middle School Questioned on Safety Following Shootings

By The Associated Press — March 01, 2010 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

As a Colorado math teacher was being hailed a hero last week for tackling a man who shot and wounded two middle school students in a school parking lot, there was growing evidence the school missed a chance to head off the attack.

David Benke, 57, tackled Bruco Strong Eagle Westwood, an unemployed ranch hand who allegedly showed up at Deer Creek Middle School and started firing at students. Officials said the quick response was proof that the Jefferson County, Colo., community had learned the lessons of Columbine High School, located about three miles away, in quickly responding to the shootings.

Investigators said Mr. Eastwood walked through the doors of the school in Littleton earlier in the day, indicated he was a former student, and chatted with teachers.

Asked about the possible security lapse, Cindy Stevenson, the superintendent of the Jefferson County schools, said only that there is a sign-in sheet that requires visitors to state their name and the purpose of their visit.

Mr. Eastwood was jailed pending $1 million bail on suspicion of attempted murder. The students were recovering.

A version of this article appeared in the March 03, 2010 edition of Education Week as Colo. Middle School Questioned on Safety Following Shootings

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Science of Reading: Emphasis on Language Comprehension
Dive into language comprehension through a breakdown of the Science of Reading with an interactive demonstration.
Content provided by Be GLAD
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week