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It was the first shooting incident in Boulder in a decade.
A few days later, a man entered the school, opened fire, and was eventually shot dead by police.
It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado history, with two deaths and 21 wounded.
It is still unclear how or why the man entered and shot the school.
The shooter had left behind a note that read: “We don’t take responsibility for our actions, we’re only responsible for ourselves.”
The man, whose name was not released, has not been identified.
The shooting, which happened in a classroom, was in the middle of the third-period class at a bilingual kindergarten in the town of Monterrey.
The students were all about 12 years old.
The school is part of a kindergarten run by the Monterrierschool, a nonprofit that offers a comprehensive learning experience for children of both English and Spanish-speaking families.
A teacher in the classroom told the Boulder Post that the shooting happened after the teacher was walking around the school’s parking lot, when the shooter “shouted to the students in Spanish, ‘Don’t come in here.'”
A few students in the class began shouting to one another in Spanish: “Stay where you are, stay here.”
As soon as they heard the words “stay here,” they began running, and as soon as the shooter came through the door, they ran toward him, the teacher said.
A few seconds later, the gunman opened fire on the students, who fled toward the back of the classroom, the Teacher said.
As the school and the nearby school bus stopped to get away, a student began yelling: “Get back, get back!”
He was able to get the door open.
When they got to the front of the building, the shooter shot them again.
The shooting occurred in the cafeteria of the Monterschool, which is a bilingual bilingual kindergarten that has been operating since 1995.
In addition to the bilingual kindergarten, the school offers English-language classes, Spanish-language lessons, and preschool classes.
The shooter was identified as 32-year-old Kevin Buell.
He was a licensed firearm owner, and he had been fired from his job as a security guard at a Denver hotel.
According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, Buelders license was suspended in 2012 after he was arrested for DUI.
Buell was also a registered sex offender.
He has a long history of domestic violence.
Buel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a felony charge of third-degree assault in 2016.
The Monterrereschool’s community is reeling.
Several of its teachers have lost their jobs, and Monterrens school has been closed since mid-February, with many students in classes canceled.
Monterrey resident Michelle Hernandez-Bolton said she heard about the shooting from her son who lives in Boulder.
“I was shocked.
I was so confused,” she said.
“We’ve been dealing with this for years, but I didn’t know anything about this.”
“I just wanted to see the school reopen,” she continued.
“Because it was a really important part of our lives.
We’re just trying to keep our kids safe.
We just want them to have a good school.”
Monterrees school has faced a number of problems since the shootings.
Monterres teachers union recently voted to organize, and students have protested on social media against the lack of adequate security in the building.
In 2015, a group of Monters kindergarten teachers staged a walkout after the school was shut down, and this year they’re demanding a reopening of the school to all students.
Students and parents alike are concerned about the impact of the shooting on their community.
Monters School District Superintendent Chris Muhlestein told the Post that they are working closely with the Boulder Police Department and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the shooting and to find out what happened.
“It’s very disturbing,” Muhlfein said.
The school has reopened to all children, although it remains closed to parents.
The Monters school will be reopening to the public sometime in the next few days, Muhlcein added.
“The community is very aware of what’s happening, and it’s important that we continue to communicate with them.”
The shooting has put the Colorado legislature in a bind, as well.
Last week, the legislature passed a bill that would allow the state to institute new restrictions on concealed weapons.
The bill was approved by the state Senate and the House of Representatives.
It now moves to the state’s House of Representative, where it will have to be reconciled with the Senate’s bill before becoming law.
If the new law is approved, the new laws would allow gun owners to bring their weapons into classrooms, and they would have to notify the police before carrying