Colorado officials have stated that they have thwarted attempts on a new high school shooting during a time that a previous shooting victim has died. Claire Davis was hospitalized due to injuries sustained during last week’s school shooting. She died Saturday night while surrounded by family and friends.
Davis, just 17-years-old, was shot in the head on December 13. Official statements from the Colorado medical center explain that her injuries were too severe. The “most advanced medical treatments” were not able to save her life. Davis was the only seriously wounded victim during the shooting. Karl Pierson, a young 18-year-old who killed himself afterwords, was reportedly the shooter. One other teenager was injured but released from hospital the next day.
Pierson open-fired on students at the Arahapoe High School the day before the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. The school is just 15 minutes away from the site of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, where 12 pupils and a teacher were killed by two gunmen.
The Arahapoe shooter asked for a specific teacher. That teacher decided to try and lure the teenager away to avoid casualties, but it was in vain.
The day before the news of Davis’ death, Colorado officials stated that they had thwarted a new high school shooting. The new plot was being devised by two teenagers aged 15 and 16. One of those teens allegedly idolizes mass shooters. The officials acted on a tip, which due to recent events they took seriously.
During the investigation, authorities learned that the 15-year-old had been bullied in the past. He idolized the attacks on the Colorado theater shooting and the 1999 Columbine high school shooting. He and his 16-year-old co-conspirator were arrested on Friday, but it is unclear whether they have yet hired attorneys.
No details of the plot have been released, and no weapons have been found. However, police state that the two teenagers had been plotting their attack for more than a month, and planned to carry it out at Trinidad High School upon their return following the Christmas break. The swift action by officials has helped to keep, both students and teachers safe.
It is a very different story compared to the Apahapoe High School incident, which had no warning at all. The school closed after the event and only reopened on Thursday for students to collect belongings.
The Denver Foundation created a fund in the honor of Davis on December 16. It will support anti-bullying programs, mental health, and communities favored by Davis’ parents. Her parents have stated that while losing a daughter, they have seen how wonderful people can be when confronted with tragedy. According to reports, they appreciate the support, love, and prayers from people all over the world.
A happy ending for one story has been overshadowed by the tragic end to another. Colorado officials who thwarted the high school shooting have potentially saved numerous lives, but it does not mitigate the loss felt when a previous high school shooting victim dies.
By Alexandria Ingham