A teenager shot two school administrators in Denver.
The suspected shooter had previously brought a gun to school.
A safety plan required the student to be searched daily.
The teen is now dead.
(NewsReady.com) – School shootings are an all too common occurrence in the United States. In 2022, there were 51 incidents involving firearms at schools that led to injuries or deaths. One of those was the massacre at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. The shooting took the lives of 19 students and two teachers. It was the deadliest incident at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead.
Colorado was the location of the latest school shooting. Police have now found the teenager they believe carried out the attack.
East High School Shooting
On Wednesday, March 22, 17-year-old Austin Lyle allegedly entered East High in Denver and opened fire on two administrators. They were patting down the teen just before 10 a.m. when they found the gun. Police say he then fired several shots, injuring one of them critically and the other seriously.
After the shooting, Lyle reportedly fled the school. Later that night, police found his vehicle in Park County, and his body was found nearby. The Park County Coroner’s Office posted a message on social media informing the public that the teenager’s body was discovered and said they would have no further comment until they concluded their investigation.
The Denver Post reported Coroner David A. Kintz Jr. said a preliminary autopsy found Lyle died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Controversial Safety Plan
A school safety plan was in place for Lyle before the shooting. The New York Times reported schools across the country use these types of plans to keep an eye on students they believe could be troubled. In the teen’s case, administrators searched him every day before school began.
ABC News reported officials spoke at a news conference after the shooting and explained the pat downs were the result of “previous behavior.” On the day of the shooting, the administrator who usually conducted the search was not there, and Lyle had to deal with two other staffers.
Lyle reportedly had a criminal record related to a 2021 weapons charge. He’d also been expelled from his previous high school in Aurora. That is the same city where the 2012 Century 16 massacre took place during a screening of “The Dark Knight.”
Law enforcement officers are still investigating the East High shooting.
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