When two students began a deadly shooting attack on the STEM School in Highlands Ranch last May, a private security guard working at the school shot and wounded an uninvolved student while accidentally firing at a responding sheriff’s deputy, the Colorado Sun reported recently.
The security officer wasn’t supposed to be armed. The Douglas County School District had requested an unarmed guard for the school from a private security contractor. The security officer’s actions are being reviewed by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing.
We share this to point out two things: One is that a highly trained security officer acting on instinct in the midst of chaos endangered people he was supposed to protect. The guard had previously worked as a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy where training is required.