DENVER - Note: The Colorado Department of Education later retracted previous statements confirming that the data released on August 5, 2014 was accurate, blaming a "processing error." The Department said Littleton Public Schools had in fact reported the December 13 fatal shooting at Arapahoe High School as a first-degree assault. The error also led to incidents of "3rd Degree Assaults/Disorderly Conduct" being listed as "Dangerous Weapons."
In an analysis of new 2013-2014 school violence data, the CALL7 Investigators have found what's reported to the Colorado Department of Education can vary significantly from district to district and even school to school, making it difficult for parents to obtain an accurate picture of what’s really going on in their child's school.
For example, according to records obtained by CALL7, the Aurora Public School District reported 1,426 "dangerous weapon" incidents last year. That's more than one-third of all dangerous weapons reported last year by Colorado schools. Denver Public Schools, a district that is twice Aurora's size, reported just 165 dangerous weapons.
The data also reveals the Douglas County School District -- which contains about 7 percent of Colorado's total student population -- accounted for 60 percent of all "Other Felony" reports statewide.