A student at Denver’s Kennedy High School told police that she had been dating a classmate for one day when he raped her in the boys’ locker room. At a Thornton, Co., elementary school, Michelle Judson’s son was stabbed in the finger with a metal ruler, forcing him to get five stitches. Desiree Richie recalls the day her preteen son made a classmate bleed during a fight at Bruce Randolph School in Denver. The Denver Post says none of the campuses reported having any assaults during the years the incidents occurred, say data obtained through an open-records request to the Colorado Department of Education.
State law requires districts to report discipline and safety information at schools, but an investigation by the Post and KMGH-Channel 7 found that the school safety information offered to parents lacks state oversight and varies wildly from one district to the next. Some schools fail to report assaults that police would consider felonies, while others document even the smallest scuffle between elementary students. “It’s a roll of the dice,” Judson said. “You could be sending your child into a school like my son’s school, where it was painful for me to even look across the street and see the school. I was fearful for other students and parents who were hopefully not having to go through something as traumatic as what I did.”