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Rep. Buck Announces Grant to Help Victims of STEM School Highlands Ranch Shooting

September 18, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) announced the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime has awarded the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice a $2,878,767 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant. This grant will assist the victims of the May 2019 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Douglas County, Colorado. 

These AEAP funds will aid in the aftermath of this tragedy by reimbursing organizations for the necessary services provided to the victims in the community, and by providing ongoing trauma-informed healing services to the students, families, employees, and first responders. Services include: meetings with a national school crisis and bereavement expert for students, parents and staff, STEM School Resiliency Center expenses, including mental health services and training for clinicians, supplemental victim compensation expenses, victim security at court proceedings, and mental health services for first responders.  

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said: 

“This horrific shooting still deeply affects our community today, and my thoughts and prayers remain with the families who have lost loved ones. This $2.8 million grant will make sure students, families, and first responders receive all the support and resources they need as they recover from this tragedy,” Rep. Ken Buck said.

Background: 

  • On May 7, 2019, one student was killed and eight others were injured when two students fired weapons in a Highlands Ranch classroom. At the time of the incident, there were 20 other students and a teacher in the classroom and many indirect victims, including the 1,827 students at the school, their families, 160 school staff members and law enforcement and emergency personnel who responded to the scene. Kendrick Castillo was killed as he shielded classmates from gunfire at the school, giving them time to get underneath desks and flee to safety.
  • Since 1995, Office for Victims of Crime Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grants have provided supplemental support to victims and jurisdictions that have experienced incidents of terrorism or mass violence. The funding comes from the Crime Victims Fund, financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders.
  • For more information on this grant program, visit https://www.ovc.gov/AEAP/.

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