Saturday marked 20 years since the mass shooting that killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton.
“I think most people who were alive during Columbine remember exactly where they were, what they were doing and they can even remember the smells in the air,” Academy District 20 spokeswoman Allison Cortez said.
Cortez said around the anniversary of the shooting, schools in D20 heighten security.
“We up our security around this date because it is really is something we will never forget and it brings up a lot of feelings for a lot of people,” Cortez said.
Cortez said security is one of their main focuses, not only at D20 but at school districts across southern Colorado.
“It makes you a bit nervous that something could happen and you’re not there to do anything about it,” said Jennifer Cupples, a mother of two.
Cupples said when she was picking a school for her son, the biggest thing she looked into was the security.
“When I was looking at schools, security was one of the main things,” Cupples said. “We picked had the best security.”
Something schools across Colorado Springs focus on is the Safe2Tell program. It’s a safe and anonymous way to help someone who is struggling or hurting. The line also allows both parents and kids to report something they may have heard or feel uncomfortable about.