Our View

Nov 122003
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


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.




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