Last night, kids at the STEM school came together in Highlands Ranch, CO, to hold a candlelight vigil for their friend, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was killed by a fellow student.
The students were prevented from honoring the life of their friend by leftist Democrat lawmakers who attempted to hijack their vigil by reportedly refusing to give them the mics, as they stole the time from the kids to give political speeches. The kids reportedly walked out after being frustrated by the arrogant lawmakers who immediately pushed for gun-control on Twitter following the shootings by two students who students say were suffering from mental illness.
TIME reports – After multiple speakers — including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Jason Crow, both Democrats — addressed the crowd, STEM students began to complain that they had not been allowed to speak, according to local media reports.
“Let STEM kids speak!” one voice called from the audience, according to the Highlands Ranch Herald. Shortly thereafter, according to the Herald, students began to leave the vigil and move into the hallway to speak with event organizers.
From there, things devolved. A woman, who the Herald says identified herself only as “a mother,” approached the microphone and said STEM students had been told by the media to leave — though it was not clear why she thought so — prompting more of the crowd to leave the gymnasium and some to engage in anti-media chants. Chants about the need for better mental health resources also rang out, as students protested the political nature of the event.
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“Don’t use Kendrick’s name for political reasons!” a student outside the vigil shouted, according to the Herald.
Students at a vigil for the STEM School shooting in Highlands Ranch reportedly walked out of the event after Democrat politicians Jason Crow and Michael Bennet made remarks and students said the tragedy was being politicized.
Outside, students chanted: "Mental health!" pic.twitter.com/sQpTfAUWCs
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 9, 2019
Heavy reported on both students involved in the attack on their fellow students- Devon Erickson, an 18-year-old high school student who has worked as a youth actor in Colorado was identified by authorities as one of the two shooters accused of wounding nine students in a K-12 STEM school located in Douglas County. One of those students, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, died heroically in the attack after confronting one of the shooters.
In court for the first time on May 8, Erickson bowed his head, his purple hair dangling over his face. He’s facing more than two dozen charges. He shook his head to answer some of the judge’s questions. At one point, he answered “no” when asked whether he had questions.
— John Fenton (@higuysimjohn) May 8, 2019
The second accused shooter has now been identified as Alec McKinney. You can read about Alec here. Alec is identified in court records as Maya McKinney, but a Denver television station reports that McKinney is transgender and transitioning to male. The second suspect uses the name Alec McKinney on social media, so Heavy is using that name. The Denver Post confirmed the second suspect’s name. The judge didn’t allow video or photos in McKinney’s court hearing; Noelle Phillips of The Denver Post reported that McKinney’s lawyer said McKinney goes by Alec and uses the pronoun he. According to social media accounts reviewed by Heavy, McKinney had used expletives to refer to “STEM kids.”
One friend described the pair as struggling with “mental health issues.” The friend wrote on Instagram that Devon “did not do what he did because he’s liberal or to make a statement. He did it due to internal struggles. They’re both struggling with mental health issues and this is a time for awareness. Alec did not do this because he’s trans, but had people supported him in the way that he needed and deserved, he would not have struggled so much that he got pushed over the edge.”
The friend also wrote that the two suspects didn’t allegedly act because of hate for others but rather “hate in themselves” and called for more support for LGBT youth. She added that they did a “horrible thing.”
Last night the STEM school in Colorado, attempted to hold a vigil for the 18-year-old hero, Kendrick Castillo who was killed when he lunged at one of the teens after he pulled a gun from his guitar case, allowing the other kids to have time to run away from the mentally ill student.
Instead of allowing the students to hold their vigil for their friend the way they wanted, Democrat politicians, U.S. Representative Jason Crow and U.S. State Senator Michael Bennet, hijacked the event from the kids and reportedly refused to let them talk.
The Denver Post reports – The tone changed during the second vigil at Highlands Ranch High School, as STEM School Highlands Ranch students burst into a spontaneous demonstration, protesting politics and the media.
The protest, in the form of a walkout with chants, happened after Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democratic presidential hopeful, and Congressman Jason Crow spoke to the crowd.
Students, several hundred strong, chanted “Mental health” and complained about the media in derogatory terms.
The protest derailed the organized vigil, although students eventually went back into the gym and spoke as part of an open-microphone gathering, where they continued to vent. The event ended at about 9 p.m.
Immediately following the school shooting, Democrat Congressman Jason Crow, who was one of the Democrat lawmakers to hijack the vigil for Kendrick Castillo, took to Twitter to call for gun control. There was no mention on Crow’s Twitter feed about addressing the mental health of students who would kill their fellow students, no matter the weapon.
It is not enough to send thoughts and prayers, it is empty, it is weak, and it does an injustice to our children who are on the frontlines of this violence.
— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) May 7, 2019
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet also took to Twitter, making a vieled call for gun-control, while ignoring the elephant in the room, mental health.
Our children deserve to live in a world where they don't fear going to school, and parents deserve to live in a world where they don't fear their child never making it home. Something needs to change. Now. https://t.co/V1mEhYho4V
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) May 8, 2019
The kids are starting to wake up to the sham. They are strating to see the pattern of kids with mental health issues that are not being addressed. It doesn’t matter what the weapon of choice is, these kids who need help are going to kill or harm others if we don’t address the mental health crisis in our schools.