By all rights, we shouldn’t know Kendrick Castillo’s name. Castillo should have graduated with his classmates at STEM School Highlands Ranch Friday, then gone off to celebrate with his friends and family in relative anonymity.
Instead, Castillo made national headlines when he was gunned down while lunging at one of the shooters who was attacking his school in the affluent Denver suburb. He was killed and eight other people were injured, but observers said Castillo’s actions likely saved the lives of some of his classmates. It’s a very tragic and unfair way for an 18-year-old to become a hero.
And this needs to stop. Last week, there was the shooting at Highlands Ranch. The week before, there was the shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. And the list goes on and on. Classes were recently suspended in Denver area schools for fear of a copycat attack on or near the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.