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Attempting to find the balance between education and school safety

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An unidentified woman yells at Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas after a shooting at East High School on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Two school administrators were injured in a shooting reported at the school Wednesday morning. Thomas said the the suspected shooter, a student, was being searched as part of a school safety plan. The student fled and is not in custody.

The shooting at East High School, in Denver, raises questions about why students who’ve had a history with guns are enrolled in traditional middle and high schools. It's a sensitive balance. The responsibility to educate young people -- safely -- even as some of those young people pose a threat. We look into safety plans -- and weigh the duty to educate versus the duty to protect.