131213185313-13-arapahoe-denver-post-restricted-horizontal-gallery“The 1999 Columbine shootings happened near my home in Denver, and in the aftermath I was invited into the community of first-responder youth workers, to come alongside them as a resource and a friend. In the 15 years since that mass murder, we’ve been force-fed a regular diet of school shootings, and I’ve connected with many more youth workers who’ve been caught up in the swirl of violence.

“And then, two days ago, my 15-year-old daughter Lucy was at the other end of a hallway from Karl Pierson, an angry teenager with a shotgun, bent on killing his debate coach who works in the Arapahoe High School library…

Read the rest of Rick’s story  here.

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