Board of Education Statement on Shooting at East High School

Denver Public Schools Board of Education statement

We are devastated to learn that once again East High School has experienced gun violence. We first want to extend our support and care to the two school deans who were shot. We also share concern for the students, staff, and families of East who are once again experiencing a traumatic event due to gun violence. We know this tests all of our resolve to pursue safe and welcoming schools for our students.  Please join us in supporting the East community during this difficult time.

The Board of Education supports the decision of Superintendent Marrero to work in partnership with local law enforcement to create safer learning spaces across Denver Public Schools for the remainder of this school year. In addition we will continue to work collaboratively with our community partners including law enforcement and our local & state legislature to make our community safer.

We know you will join us in rallying around the employees impacted and supporting them in their journey to recovery as well as rallying around all of our students and their families.

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education


To anyone in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school, or one of the community providers below:

Colorado Crisis and Support Line

844-493-8255, or Text TALK to 38255


Center for Trauma and Resilience

(303) 894-8000 (English)

(303) 718-8289 (Español)


National Suicide Hotline


24-hour toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline


Second Wind Fund


Provides free counseling to underinsured and uninsured youth that are suicidal


Trevor Project Hotline


Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth


Safe2Tell Colorado


An anonymous way to report any concern impacting students (phone, app, online reporting options)