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Today's News

  • Educators become heroes at a pivotal moment

    Math teacher David Benke grabbed the gunman and told him his reign of terror was over. Assistant principal Becky Brown seized the high-powered rifle and tossed it away.

    The two staff members at Deer Creek Middle School began the day Feb. 23 as educators. But they ended it as heroes.

    Both spoke to the media Wednesday morning in a news conference at district headquarters.

  • 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.”

  • A woman of letters

      Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed had some issues with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel “The Scarlet Letter.” A 10-year chronological gap in the story prompted a horde of student questions in the two decades Reed has taught the material.

  • Cowgirl up: Front Range Christian wins in 1st round

    WESTMINSTER — For the Front Range Falcons, their playoff victory against Meeker on March 5 was very sweet.

    The Falcons got hot from the field early and stifled the Cowboys defensively to roll to a 55-35 win and advanced to their first Sweet 16 appearance in school history.

    “We feel really good. We worked as team really hard and we’re really close, so I think that’s what gotten us this far,” senior co-captain Becca Ruiz said.

    The Falcons have now won 20 games in a row and this one was over early as they improved to 21-2 on the season.

  • 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.

  • Lasting lessons in true heroism

    Last week’s shootings at Deer Creek Middle School were an awful reminder of the events at Columbine and Platte Canyon. Yet in the midst of our concern for the two wounded students, there was also cause to celebrate the heroic actions of Dr. David Benke, a math teacher whose split-second decision to tackle the shooter undoubtedly saved lives. Popular culture provides ubiquitous references of heroism — “Guitar Hero,” sports heroes and mythical superheroes come to mind.

  • 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.