DENVER, CO, March 23, 2023 – “Rocky Mountain NAACP is sad to hear of another violent shooting at Denver East High School.”
On Wednesday, March 22nd, our kids, our community, and our city experienced yet another shooting at East High School. The Rocky Mountain NAACP is calling to action Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Public School Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero, the Denver Public Schools Board of Directors, and Colorado’s Legislature to put protective measures in place to secure the lives of our children and school administrators.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, but especially our youth at East High School and the victims of the shooting. The Rocky Mountain NAACP is also sad the system failed Austin Lyle, and we send our condolences to this young man’s family. We all need to do better and work towards improving mental health services, evaluating security measures for all our schools, and working towards sound legislation that will assist our future leaders to protect them in all learning environments.
The Rocky Mountain NAACP will work with our community to address the problem of youth violence in the state of Colorado. In order to solve this challenge, it is going to take a unified front from all of us. The community also needs to make sure we are listening to our youth and not disregarding their voice for change.
Dialogue is critical, but action is necessary. We cannot afford to lose another youth from gun violence. The time is now because tomorrow is too late.