At a Denver high school, two school administrators were shot on Wednesday morning after a student, who underwent daily searches as part of a “safety plan,” was found to have a handgun. The male, juvenile suspect was not immediately apprehended, and the gun was not recovered. One administrator was in critical condition and was undergoing surgery while the other was in stable condition, and both were male. Police know the suspect’s identity and are confident in apprehending him. Students from the school recently marched to the state Capitol for stricter gun laws following the death of a fellow student. No school resource officers were present during the shooting, but two armed officers will be posted at the school through the end of the school year. Denver Public School phased out police officer use in response to criticism that school resource officers were disproportionately arresting Black students. School shootings have become increasingly common in the US, with more than 1,000 shootings recorded from 2000 to 2021, killing over 300 people and injuring more than 450. The suspect transferred to East High School from another district, and officials did not reveal why the student was searched daily. The school was placed on lockdown as police investigated, and parents and students gathered outside the school to express their frustrations about violence. Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, where ten people were killed.

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