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Dec 13, 2013 10:11 PM by Andy Koen

School security heightened as Arapahoe shooting unfolded

COLORADO SPRINGS - Police officers and sheriffs deputies increased patrols around the schools in the Pikes Peak region. School resource officers were also instructed to be on heightened alert as a precaution following the shooting at Arapahoe High School.

While it was distressing to have the violence happen so close to home, Lt. Dan Lofgren of the CSPD said their officers would respond similarly for any active shooter call at a school anywhere in the country, not just here on Colorado.

"We're going to react this way because there's just too much terrorism these days that's coordinated, there's copycats, things like that to where we want to make sure we're ahead of the game as much we can be when it happens somewhere else," Lofgren said.

It's a clear example of the changes that have taken hold across law enforcement agencies in the 14 years following the Columbine High School mass shooting. In fact, Lofgren said officers nowadays are trained to do all they can to save lives when responding to a gunman in school.

"It may be one officer, but whoever arrives first gets into the building and goes after the threat and tries to protect anybody that's in there that's innocent," he said.

The principals in Colorado Springs School District 11 all sent emails to parents this afternoon notifying them if the increased security and reassuring them of the safety measures taken.

Schools in Pueblo did not see as much activity. Pueblo City Schools spokesman Scott Jones explained that students are typically released from class early on Fridays and most had already left by the time the Arapahoe shooting became well known.

The only school with students still in the building was Roncalli Middle School and Jones said additional security staff were sent there as a precaution.

 

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