Students Weren’t Told Colorado Shooting Vigil Was Organized By Gun Control Group

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Colorado students walked out of a vigil for their classmates Wednesday when it got political.

The students, who were attending a vigil for a Tuesday shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver that killed one and injured eight, weren’t aware the event had been organized by a gun control advocacy group.

According to USAToday’s Trevor Hughes, the event was organized and publicized by the Colorado branch of TeamENOUGH, a student-led initiative associated with the gun control advocacy group Brady.

The press release for the event made it clear that Brady would be supporting the event but did not indicate that it would be used as a platform to promote specific policy.

Following the tragic shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Douglas County, CO that killed one student and injured eight others, the Colorado branch of Team ENOUGH, Brady’s student-led initiative, will host an interfaith memorial vigil in support of the victims and survivors. The vigil will be supported by Brady. The event is open to the press and coverage is invited.

But as students gathered to pay their respects, organizers reportedly gave the floor to activist Laura Reeves — of Bloomberg gun-control advocacy group Moms Demand Action — and anti-gun politicians rather than the students themselves.

The students responded by walking out of the vigil, chanting, “Mental health! Mental health! Mental health!” (RELATED: Colorado Students Grow Angry At Vigil’s Politicization, Some Walk Out)

Students and family members proceeded to hold their own vigil outside, despite the rain.

Brady has since offered an apology, saying in part, “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring & sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate.”

Sources close to the shooting investigation say the motives of the two suspects — one adult and one minor — “went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards others at the school.”

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