School and law enforcement officials must prepare for crises while working to prevent them, says Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. “We have a very real, continuing problem to deal with,” he said, according to the Rocky Mountain News. “There will be more incidents of violence in our country and possibly in our state. There are a lot of troubled children out there.”
Suthers spoke at a two-day conference on violence prevention, anti-bullying initiatives, and creating safer schools. Suthers noted that schools in Colorado are typically safe places, with students twice as likely to be victimized at home and three times more likely in the hours immediately after school. He cited troubling data, such as one study that found two-thirds of Colorado young people report having been bullied at least once within a month.