Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
Colleen Buhrer, managing editor
J.J. Babb, design managing editor
Willow Welter, visual editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
The editorial staff wants to applaud the Rocky Mountain High
School staff and the Fort Collins Police Services for their
handling of Wednesday’s incident.
According to today’s front page, a high school student brought
an automatic handgun to school with three clips. Both agencies
acted swiftly and with excellent precision.
Within the day, school officials contacted teachers, parents and
students to relay important information and are holding
student/teacher conferences Thursday morning to provide additional
As soon as the police knew about the situation, they acted
quickly on the information and were able to locate the student
before he became a threat to himself or to others. Today’s action
prevented panic or heightened alarm.
We think this is a perfect example of how to handle this
scenario. In a Columbine-aware society, people can panic in these
situations, but from our viewpoint, all the appropriate agencies
communicated with each other, and the public was kept well
informed. No amount of planning can prepare people for incidents
such as this, but our hats are off to this fine example of
execution and leadership.