- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Excerpts from a statement by Michael and Desiree Davis, parents of 17-year-old Claire Davis, who was shot and killed in December by a fellow student who later killed himself at suburban Denver’s Arapahoe High School. An investigative report into the shootings by Karl Pierson was released Friday.

“This crime report shows that Karl Pierson was an adolescent that allowed himself to become filled with confusion and darkness, and he failed to see any love around him or any hope for the future. The result was a terrible tragedy for all of us - not only our family, but for all the kids and staff at Arapahoe High School, our entire community, the State of Colorado, and all of the people across the country and around the world that have sent us their condolences and have held us up in their thoughts and prayers.

“As we all consider this report in greater detail, our family wishes to ask school officials and other stakeholders - particularly our State legislators - to thoughtfully and expeditiously explore how to create positive and safe school climates that are better prepared to prevent and change inappropriate behaviors, as well as better address the emotional and psychological needs of adolescents in our schools. The people of Colorado deserve more than to have to sit idly waiting for the next student in imminent crisis to harm or kill another person or themselves.”

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