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  • Parents, school district praise response, alerts

      Deer Creek Middle School parents and district officials are praising the response to the Feb. 23 shootings outside the school.

  • Father of suspect says his son needed help

    HUDSON — “To ‘criminal mind’ Bo,” says the inscription on a picture of the 2005 Broncos cheerleaders in the bedroom of Bruco Eastwood, who is suspected of shooting two Deer Creek Middle School students on Tuesday.

    War Eagle Eastwood, Bruco’s father, on Wednesday sat at his dining room table, his eyes shiny, and talked about his troubled son.

    “He’s a grown man, but it’s just hard,” he said. “He’s still my kid.”

  • Gun-related incident leads to lockdown at Littleton schools

    Just days after the Deer Creek Middle School shootings, several Littleton schools were locked down after firearms were reported missing from the home of an area resident.

    On the morning of Feb. 26 about 7:30 a.m., administrators at Options High School, Euclid Middle School and The Pathways decided to lock down all three schools, which share a campus, in response to a report filed with the Littleton Police Department about two stolen guns. The lock down ended about 9:30 a.m.

  • School reopens in wake of attack

    Classes resumed Monday at Deer Creek Middle School, as students and faculty took a small step toward normalcy on a campus riddled by gunfire just days before.

    A gunman opened fire Feb. 23 outside the school and wounded two students before faculty members tackled and disarmed him. It was a day hauntingly familiar to a community still in the shadows of the attacks at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools.

  • School district says rumors of other threats untrue

    The Jefferson County School District is warning parents that rumors on social networking sites about threats to other schools in the district are not true. District officials are urging students to share only information that is factually based.

  • Two students shot at Deer Creek Middle School

    A 32-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon outside Deer Creek Middle School, wounding two students, before faculty members tackled and disarmed him.

    Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, who is accused of shooting the students with a high-powered rifle, was quickly subdued by faculty members and held down until he was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Math teacher David Benke reportedly tackled the suspect, and at least two other adults assisted.

  • School shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

    The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, was advised shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday of a $1 million bond and the possible charges against him.

    Eastwood could be charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shooting, which sent two students to local hospitals, critically injuring 14-year-old Matthew Thieu. Other charges may also be filed, though a spokeswoman for the Jeffco district attorney’s office said she could not comment on any upcoming charges.

  • South Jeffco congregation assembles hygiene items for Haiti

    Members of a local church mustered some gusto Feb. 15 and assembled more than 1,000 hygiene kits to be sent to Haiti.

    About 80 volunteers bustled about in the warm glow of stained glass on Presidents Day at Faith Community Church in South Jeffco, forming assembly lines to pack toothbrushes, soap and other basic-needs items into plastic bags.

  • Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

    Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu was discharged this week

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital. The eighth-grader, who spends his free time skateboarding and enjoying the company of friends, added he is looking forward to returning to school and seeing his buddies.

  • Deer Creek to hold open house on Friday

    Deer Creek Middle School will hold an open house for parents and students on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a chance for students to gather any belongings left behind after the shootings on Tuesday.

    Students can also see teachers and visit the building to ease any anxiety about returning to school.

    Deer Creek is planning to resume classes on Monday with a regular school day for all students. Buses will run on

    their usual schedules.

    Counselors will be available in every classroom on Monday in case students or staff need to talk with

    someone.