For Immediate Release
Media Contact
Taryn Fort

Colorado Health Foundation Statement on Denver Area School Threats

Threats of violence against children came knocking on our doors again here in the Denver area, as parents and caregivers were put in the disheartening position of having to explain to their children why schools were closed due to a safety threat.

The events that unfolded over the past couple of days undoubtedly shook families and communities across the state. Knowing that planned violent attacks can happen anywhere and at any time is a horrific reality that we all must face. It’s a ‘new normal’ that we simply cannot accept. And its impact on the well-being of those we’re raising is detrimental.

Children deserve to have safe environments that enrich their learning and their lives. Places where fear is nonexistent. Places where they feel supported. Places where they can be happy and healthy.

The trauma and re-traumatization that violence presents are a real threat to our youth. And resiliency becomes a distant dream when more pressing matters are at hand.

It is our civic duty as adults to protect our youth and make them feel safe. It is our responsibility – as parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, mentors, mental health professionals – to have open and honest conversations that will teach them violence is never the answer. We must give them space to voice their concerns, ask questions and share their feelings. Most importantly, we must reassure their safety.

Resources are available to help usher these conversations along in a way that supports their mental well-being. Please share them with your loved ones and use them in conversations with your children.



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