February 13, 2014 Douglas County, Colorado | Volume 27, Issue 13 A publication of
highlandsranchherald.net Two boys from the National Martial Arts Academy stack up their skills during a lion dance on stage.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR Students from the Great Wall Chinese Academy put on a show for Highlands Ranch residents on Feb. 8 as they celebrated the Year of the Horse by performing colorful dances, martial arts demonstrations and traditional Chinese music at Southridge Recreation Center.
Students from the National Martial Arts Academy show off their kung fu skills on stage.
School safety: It takes a team Mental health training one key, say former counselor, school district officials By Jane Reuter
Kong Ying, a dance teacher at Great Wall Chinese Academy, performs the Chinese Peacock Dance. Dancers perform a Yi Chinese folk dance.
Photos by Hannah Garcia
News of the Dec. 13 Arapahoe High School shooting hit former Rock Canyon High School guidance counselor Susan Young hard. “The second I heard it, I just sat down in my living room and started crying,” she said. Young didn’t know Highlands Ranch resident and shooter Karl Pierson or his victim, Claire Davis. But as a 15-year high school guidance counselor, she knows the pressures unique to teens, and the counselors who serve them. “Every one of us has had students we worked with that have taken their lives,” said Young, who retired last year and now runs an independent counseling business. “It’s devastating when that happens.” Young is equally certain the team at Rock Canyon prevented tragedies. Post-Columbine, the Douglas County School District developed “an extensive protocol” for threat assessments that included counselors, social workers, psychologists, security staff and teachers, among others, she said. No red flag was ignored. “Even if a kid made a comment, `I just wish I wasn’t alive’, boom, we did a suicide assessment,” Young said. “We’d cancel our appointments for the day. We didn’t ignore anything.” At about 900-to-1, DCSD’s ratio of Safety continues on Page 9
Memorial fund opens for slain woman’s family Service, concert in planning stages for Tatiana Klamo By Hannah Garcia
firstname.lastname@example.org In the week after Tatiana Klamo was shot to death by her son in her Highlands Ranch home, flowers have piled up outside the business she owned, cards have been taped to the glass doors and lit candles have lined the sidewalk. “I haven’t taken any of them down,” said Brian McCoy, who co-owned the American Stitch Factory in Littleton with 6x1.75_BringAppetite_Layout 1 2/3/14 11:15 AM Klamo.
Family friends have opened an account at FirstBank, the Tatiana Klamo Memorial Fund, to benefit her three surviving children. Donations can be made at any location. McCoy said a concert and a memorial service are in the planning stages and will take place within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing new details about the case. “The investigation is still open,” DCSO spokeman Sgt. Ron Hanavan said. On Jan. 31, Klamo was shot and killed by her 15-year-old son, Robert, before he used the gun to kill himself. His sisters esPage 1 caped from a second-story window and
one of them was seriously injured. Investigators have not defined a motive, but McCoy said Robert Klamo suffered from some kind of mental illness. “His mother wanted to take him back to the hospital and he didn’t want to go,” McCoy said. McCoy said the son either was not taking his medication or it was “no longer enough.” He said Robert Klamo was a “brilliant” and “funny” child. “He was extremely intelligent, had a love for instruments. He was really creative,” McCoy said. “When he was on his medication, he was very loving. He was a Klamo continues on Page 13
Tatiana Klamo was killed on Jan. 31 by her 15-year-old son before he shot himself. Courtesy photo
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