Aug 6, 2014 8:16 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Loophole keeps fatal school shooting from report

DENVER (AP) - The fatal shooting at Arapahoe High School last December isn't included in the state's annual school violence report. That's because of a loophole in Colorado's law that only requires incidents in which a student is disciplined be disclosed to the public.

Arapahoe High reported "0 1st and 2nd Degree Assaults" and "0 Dangerous Weapons" incidents to the Colorado Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year.

The shooting claimed the life of 17-year-old Claire Davis. The gunman, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, killed himself shortly after.

The school violence reporting law was created after 1999's Columbine High School shootings. But like the 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting, the Columbine incident wouldn't have counted under the law because the shooters died in the attack.



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