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No charges after claims of assault by sub

The family of a student says he was physically assaulted by a substitute teacher. Aurora police investigated this case, but they found the teacher did nothing criminal.

The incident happened at Horizon Middle School. Eighth grader Kyle Carter, 13, says he was trying to stand up for a female student the sub was harassing when the teacher turned on him. He says the teacher put him in a chokehold, picked him up in a bear hug and ripped his shirt. Watch this CBS4 report.

“Felon-free” bill gets panel endorsement

The Felon-Free Schools Act of 2011 got out of the Senate Education Committee with only one vote against it, but not before losing its stern-sounding title. Read more in Education News Colorado.

Student-made banner makes impact in shooting community

A banner signed by students from a Colorado high school now hangs in the Arizona grocery store where a gunman violently interrupted an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January, killing six and injuring 12. Students at Lakewood’s Green Mountain High School came up with the idea of sending the banner with their condolences. Watch this 9News report.

Youth concussion bill passes Colo. Senate

The Colorado Senate approved a bill that would prevent young athletes believed to have suffered a concussion from returning to a game unless they’ve received medical clearance. Read more on 9News.

Asst. principal faces felony charge over video evidence

An assistant principal at Horizon Community Middle School is facing a felony charge amid allegations he asked three students to erase cell phone video of a fight between two girls.

The charges have exposed a rift between law enforcement agencies that investigated the case, and Cherry Creek Public School District, where a spokeswoman said district officials found no wrongdoing by the administrator. Read more in the Aurora Sentinel.

Arvada police defend arrest of 11-year-old over drawing

Arvada police are defending the way they handled the arrest of an 11-year-old boy. The Arvada boy was arrested and hauled away in handcuffs from his home for drawing stick figures in school – something his therapist told him to do. Watch this Fox31 report.

Deer Creek Middle School shooting still painful a year later

Exactly one year ago, life changed for Pattie Nelson and her family. One year ago, her son Matthew Thieu was an eighth grader at Deer Creek Middle School when he was shot in the chest.

“That I almost lost my son, that’s the hardest thing,” Nelson said. Watch 9News.

Deer Creek school shooter deemed ‘insane’

The man accused of shooting two students at Deer Creek Middle School last year has been ordered to undergo a second mental health evaluation after the first one determined he was insane at the time.

Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 33, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Feb. 23, 2010, shooting at Deer Creek Middle School in south suburban Denver. He faces 15 charges, including attempted first-degree murder. Learn more at Fox31.

9-year-old retrieves handgun for teacher

When Mia Larimore saw a gun in school, she knew to report it to an adult. The third grader didn’t expect to be told to go get it herself and turn it in. The unloaded handgun was brought to Kaiser Elementary, near West Quincy Avenue and South Lowell Boulevard, in Denver by an 8-year-old boy. Read more at 9News.

Teen accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old at school

While students were eating their lunch at John F. Kennedy High School in Denver on Friday, police say a 17-year-old boy was sexually assaulting a freshman girl in the basement of the school. Watch this 9News report.

No permit needed to conceal carry at private schools

With the help of a female model packing heat, the bill that could allow Coloradans to conceal their handguns without permit on private K-12 school grounds and across most other areas of Colorado passed out of a House committee with bipartisan support. Read more in the Colorado Independent.

Boy in custody after poison gum incident at school

An eighth grader is in custody Thursday after police say he gave poisoned chewing gum to his classmates. Watch this CBS4 report.

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