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Student arrested at school after gun found in trunk

LITTLETON — A student was arrested at Heritage High School on Wednesday after police found a handgun in the trunk of his car. Administrators at Heritage and the Littleton Police resource officer assigned to the school were tipped off about the gun earlier on Wednesday. They were able to figure out who the student was and searched his car. Watch this 9News report.

Aurora officer arrested for sex crimes against teen runaway

AURORA – An Aurora Police officer was arrested Monday on accusations of sexually exploiting a 15-year-old girl who had run away from home. The officer also spent time as a D.A.R.E. officer in various elementary schools – raising alarm bells for parents. Watch this 9News report.

Parents react to D.A.R.E. officer’s arrest

AURORA, Colo. — Parents gathered to get their questions answered about the arrest of an Aurora police officer Tuesday evening. Officer Michael Mangino is facing two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Mangino is also being investigated in two other cases of possible misconduct. Watch this CBS4 report.

Possible plea deal for teacher accused of sex with student

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A possible plea agreement is in the works for a former Loveland high school teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student. Watch this 7 News report.

Lakewood boy, 12, facing felony charges for fighting bully

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A 12-year-old Lakewood boy is facing felony charges after getting into a fight with another student at Kendrick Lakes Elementary School Friday afternoon.

The boy’s mother tells FOX31 News that her son has been bullied by another student for two years and he was fed up and finally decided to defend himself. She blames the school for not protecting her son. Watch this Fox 31 report.

Suspected middle school flasher arrested

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Deputies have arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly exposing himself to children at a Centennial middle school, and to visitors at several parks over the past two and a half years. Watch the Fox 31 report.

Bullying, licensing bills advance

The anti-bullying bill received preliminary approval Tuesday in the House, which also voted for final passage of a measure designed to streamline the educator licensing process.

The bullying measure, House Bill 11-1254, would expand the legal definition of bullying, create a donation-funded grant program for “evidence-based” district anti-bullying efforts and encourage all districts to conduct biennial surveys on bullying and to create anti-bullying teams. Read more in Education News Colorado.

Ed committee passes school emergency communications bill

After two rounds of public testimony and debate, the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that augments the Colorado School Response Framework by creating a plan for effective communications interoperability between schools and emergency responders. Read more in Marketwire.

Students get sick after taking pills at Greeley school

GREELEY, Colo. — Greeley Police were called to Brentwood Middle School Wednesday after an 8th grade student brought unidentified pills to school and handed them out to about 15 students. Watch this Fox 31 news report.

Mom says school strip-searched 13-year-old daughter

DENVER — It started as a girl fight at Denver’s Kepner Middle school.

“The little girl grabbed her hair and yanked her down the ground,” says Danielle Espinoza, but she adds what happened next to her 13-year-old daughter afterward crossed the line. Watch more on Fox 31.

Colorado concussions law most far-reaching in country

DENVER – Jake Bryant never saw the devastating hits that forced him to leave hockey at 16 after repeated

concussions. Alexandra “Z” Karlis was speeding down the ice about to make a pass during a youth hockey league game when an opposing player blindsided her with an elbow to the head, resulting in her first concussion. Learn more by visiting 9News.

How safe are Durango area schools?

First, the good news. A Durango Herald analysis of school crime over five years in La Plata County’s 21 public schools found an overall improvement in the problem. The total number of incidents reported last year by all schools was almost three times lower than during the 2005-2006 school year. Read more in the Durango Herald.

Protecting your child from risky behaviors

Join Boulder Valley experts as they discuss important parenting topics and answer your questions live, during the broadcast. Join the live audience in the BVSD board room, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, watch it on Comcast Cable Ch. 22, or stream from your computer. Have questions but can’t be there? Submit your questions. This week’s topic is experimentation, impulsivity, and underdeveloped decision-making skills; learn how to help your child stay safe. The event will be Monday, April 4, 7-8:30, BVSD Ed Center, 6500 E. Arapahoe, Boulder, it is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

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