February 24, 2023
This morning, the Denver Public Schools Department of Climate and Safety received emailed messages through Safe2Tell about threats made to four DPS schools. Denver Center for 21st Century Learning (DC21), South High School, Northfield High School, and East High School. All four messages were identical.
None of the schools were placed in lockdown. Our Campus Safety Officers were present at each school and, with the assistance of Department of Climate and Safety patrol officers and Denver police, were able to conduct a rapid sweep of the interior and exterior of the schools and found no threats to our school communities.
We increased the security presence at each of the schools for the remainder of the day and will evaluate the need for the increased presence next week.
I would like to take this opportunity again to remind our community about what resources are available for anyone who suspects danger to themselves or others. If you or a student hears of a threat made against another student or the school, this should be reported immediately to a trusted adult, Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233 or online at www.safe2tell.org.
Because these events can be extremely emotionally and mentally traumatizing for students and staff, the leaders at each impacted campus are providing mental health and emotional support to their school communities. If students need additional mental health resources, Colorado Crisis Services can be reached at 1-844-493-8255. DPS employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 855-EAP-1DPS.
Department of Climate and Safety