After being outed on social media, school officials had to admit they knew about but did not disclose information about the assault at Grandview High School in May.
“These incidents should be focused on with a bright spotlight to ensure ourselves there are no more victims, that we know what to watch for in other kids, and to learn how to create awareness around issues and make sure victims understand it’s not their fault, that these are predators,” said Margaret Ochoa
Police say Prairie Middle School teacher Brian Vasquez is accused of assaulting “multiple victims” at the Aurora school and was arrested Tuesday to face eight charges of sex assault in a position of trust
Efforts also include $1.5 million in behavioral health grants for schools, including Prairie Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District
“When kids are at the high level of stress, they’re just not very available for learning. If they’re worried about going home and their safety or whether they’re going to have food, it has a high impact on them being able to focus in the classroom.”
The pilot will place local professionals from Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin in local classrooms to develop student projects based on “industry-designed challenges,” in coordination with Cherry Creek School District teachers
Held as a pilot program for three days last week, the new academy gives participants a chance to learn more about police work, including use of force, driving protocols and the K9 unit