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Three students disarmed Colorado school shooter

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/09/19, 12:40 pm

Three students leapt up from their desks and disarmed a gunman during the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Kendrick Castillo, 18, who led the charge, was shot and killed. Castillo, along with classmates Brendan Bialy and Joshua Jones, minimized the bloodshed from the attack that wounded eight students, authorities said. Jones was shot twice but survived, according to a statement from his family. “Kendrick went out as a hero,” Bialy said. “He was a foot away from the shooter and instead of running the opposite direction he ran toward it.”

Law enforcement identified the suspects as Devon Erickson, 18, and Maya McKinney, 16. McKinney’s attorney said the student uses male pronouns and goes by Alec. Investigators offered no immediate motive for the shooting. Erickson and McKinney appeared in court on Wednesday. District Attorney George Brauchler said he has not decided whether to file adult charges against McKinney. Formal charges are expected by Friday.

At a vigil Wednesday night planned by the gun control group the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, hundreds of students walked out, saying the event's organizers were politicizing their trauma. Democratic lawmakers spoke at the event, and the Brady Campaign invited reporters to attend, USA Today reported. Students who left in protest gathered outside in the rain and held their lit cellphones up in remembrance of Castillo and in support of the other victims.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  JenniMiki70's picture
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 01:53 pm

    How truly sad that most of these events are politicized. I'm glad they walked out and held their own vigil.

    First, morn those who died. Second, honor the heroes. Third, don't give undue attention to those who are trying to kill.  

    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 04:44 pm

    I agree.

  • Cosmo
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 09:25 pm

    I agree with the other post.  What I would like to add is, if the "Brady Bunch" would spend their time getting the government to do things to address the real problem they would have all of our support.  The real problem is our lack of morals which is leading to the lack of respect for others.  With all the division that is propounded by the press and our politicians it's no wonder our kids (and others) don't have any respect.

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 10:58 pm

    Will the doctor who prescribed testosterone for a 16 year old girl confused about her gender be investigated for contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 10:09 am

    My question why is, why is there no accountability being placed on the parents of these two “kids” who committed this horrible crime of mass murder?  If parents started to be held responsible for their kid’s actions, I think they would be paying a lot more attention to their responsibility of being a parent.

  • DS
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 10:53 am

    How many victims were there? I don't see anything about casualties other than Castillo. Why does everything under the sun have to be turned politic?