Parents react to new safety measures after shooting near Aurora school campus

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Aurora Public Schools sent an email on Sunday to parents letting them know about increased security and new mental health resources students and staff after two mass shootings in one week.

“My concern is now that violence will directly infiltrate the school,” said Tenisha, the mother of a student at Hinkley High.

Tenisha, who wished to remain anonymous, said that during the shooting in the Hinkley High School parking lot, her daughter hid in one of the school’s bathrooms.

“‘All I can say to her is ‘you go inside the back stall, put your feet up and sit still. You wait until they say, this is the Aurora police you can show up,'” he said. Tenisha said.

APS has announced that campus will be closed during student lunch. Munn has extended its closure to a full day with a few exceptions.

“Hinkley is surrounded by apartments. So are these kids going to go to the apartments and then bring it back to school? ” Tenisha said.

Students are not allowed to park their cars in the parking lot during school hours.

The Aurora Police Department will have a larger presence on and around APS campuses.

All restrictions will remain in place until the winter break. Officials will then decide whether the protocol should continue into the next semester.

“Exceptions would include: students attending classes at Aurora Community College and Pickens Technical College, students leaving school with parental/guardian permission, students attending supervised athletics/activities and students participate in supervised field trips. Students should check in with the main office before leaving campus,” said Rico Munn, director of APS said in a release.

Tenisha said she understands the security switch but is concerned moving everything to a closed campus could push violence inside.

“Will security be able to handle all those kids at once when they’re used to going out?” Tenisha said.

Tenisha says that parents really need to push and talk to their children and create a village around these students just to try to educate them.

“Our parents have to support us. We cannot put everything on teachers who decided to be teachers or policemen who decided to become policemen. We made the choice to be parents and as parents, we need to do our job,” said Tenisha.

Tenisha said if the closed campus concept doesn’t work, the district should consider switching back to distance learning.

“If that’s the only way I can keep my baby safe because I know she’s in the school office and that’s my responsibility,” Tenisha said.

Officials encourage students to contact their school counselors to help overcome violence. NS National Association of School Psychologists and Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 are other options for APS students and families.

APS staff can use Employee Support Program to reach.

Concerned students and parents can anonymously call tips and questions through Safe-2-Tell at 1-877-542-7233.

. Parents react to new safety measures after shooting near Aurora school campus

Emma Bowman

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