Roswell superintendent feels Arapahoe student visit is ill-advised

Posted at: 01/22/2014 10:20 PM
Updated at: 01/23/2014 10:48 AM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

About 20 students from a Colorado school plan to make a trip to Roswell this weekend to speak and show their support for the students of Berrendo Middle School.

"We've had numerous restaurants donate meals to us and everybody just reaching out and saying if there is anything you need just let me know and I'll see what I can do to get it done," Arapahoe High School senior David Courtney said.

Just last month, the Arapahoe students went through a school shooting. Courtney's friend, Claire Davis, later died from gunshot wounds.

"I think it will be a mutual feeling when we get down there that this is meant to be happening," Courtney said.

But Tom Burris, Roswell's school superintendent, told KOB Eyewitness News 4 by phone the Arapahoe students are not trained to talk to middle school children. 

He argues there's a significant age difference and is currently speaking with Littleton Public Schools to discourage the trip.

"We're not coming down there to provide counseling, that was not in our intentions originally and it's still not in our intentions," Courtney said. "We are coming down there solely to be there for the kids, just to hangout and support them like so many people did for me and my community."

With $2,100 dollars already raised, Courtney says they are not canceling their trip the meeting will be about common ground.

"This isn't about the school districts or the schools or publicity or sponsorships or anything," he said. "It's just about people and communities coming together, to heal together."

Scott Murphy, the superintendent of Littleton Public Schools, and Superintendent Burns with RISD did not return multiple attempts for comment.