Loud and Clear: Listeners react to our coverage of the Arapahoe school shooting
We share your comments about the show in Loud and Clear, and the shooting at Arapahoe High School two weeks ago stirred a lot of emotions.
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, of Littleton, spoke to us in the days after the shooting. Her youngest son survived the attack on Columbine and the experience inspired Lunsford Mears to enroll in the University of Denver and write a dissertation on trauma. She wrote “Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma.”
Listener Elizabeth Treichler, of Arvada, heard that conversation and wrote in to say thanks. “I was the principal of another Jefferson County high school at the time of the Columbine shootings and had been an administrator at Columbine prior to that. Needless to say, the shootings impacted me, and my school, terribly. But I've not been able to explain why I still have such pain and sadness when recalling those shootings or all of the ones that have followed. Now I understand. I cannot be the only one listening to that broadcast who felt the same. Thank you for the fine, thoughtful work everyone does at CPR.”
A few days later, we talked to Arapahoe High School senior Brett Stewart. He wrote eloquently about the shooting just hours after it happened. Clare Tone, of Gold Hill, called in to say she was very moved by the interview.
“Listening to this high school student who is so articulate and very self-reflective, he restored my faith in high school students. And also the way he spoke about his teachers made me think 'Here's a student that actually does respect his teachers,' and that made me feel pretty good, too."
We got feedback on other stories, as well, like our segment about a family physician shortage in Colorado. Sean Clemenson, of Louisville, thought we ought to highlight a program at the University of Colorado, Denver. It's a Bachelor MD that prepares college students for medical school.
Lastly, listener Caron Trout, of Boulder, thinks we missed an opportunity. She heard our story about people scrambling to get their GEDs before a new and, some say, harder test rolls out. CPR’s education reporter, Jenny Brundin, painted a vivid picture of all the hope and the nerves inside the testing center.
Trout thought Jenny ought to have made mention of learning disabilities. She writes, “You completely missed the point that these people, struggling to meet this deadline, may have struggled all their lives to meet time constraints (processing is slower; writing and reading take twice as long). The reporter failed to mention any connection to learning disabilities. Too bad you lost an opportunity to highlight this causal relationship.”
Research supports Trout’s assertion. According to American Radio Works, a public radio documentary unit, “about a third of public school students who have learning disabilities leave high school before graduating. Many of these students enroll in GED preparation and other adult education programs.”