School Shootings

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of teens are expected to march on Washington D.C. and around the country, calling for gun control. The Mountain West News Bureau spoke with two students in Montana and Wyoming who do not plan to march, and are worried gun control reform could change their way of life.

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected at rallies for gun control across the country. And no one is speaking louder than those who inspired the rallies and who feel they have the most at stake: teens.

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In 2016, a streak of student deaths prompted action within the Thompson School District in Larimer County. As the national conversation around student safety and gun violence grows, officials there are planning to expand a successful suicide and violence prevention program.

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Esperanza Montelongo attached a biometric sensor to her ear, stood in front of a computer screen and started breathing. With each inhale and exhale, a small ball on the screen moved up and down, mimicking her breaths.

“It just keeps going and going and when this fills up, if it’s all green, that means your heart is calm and you’re breathing right,” she said.

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Following last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state is looking into ways to prevent further tragedy. For inspiration, they’ve turned to Colorado’s Safe2Tell program, a statewide bystander reporting program aimed at improving school safety.

The Safe2Tell app allows students to anonymously report concerns they have about classmates or school safety. The messages go to the Colorado State Patrol Communication Officers who follow-up with local school officials, mental health professionals or law enforcement.

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On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools in Fort Collins walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence. A group from Poudre High School marched nearly 3 miles from their school in west Fort Collins to Old Town Square.