Boulder schools see a civil rights complaint, healthy food and a juvenile sentencing

Boulder schools joined this week with state Departments of Agriculture and Education to celebrate Colorado farm produce and educate students about the food they put into their bodies.

Two matters which may lay more heavily on the minds of Boulder County residents involve a parent filing a federal civil rights complaint after allegedly being denied access to his daughter’s elementary school and a juvenile who was recently sentenced for his role in stabbing a fellow student last April.

Lafayette parent files civil rights complaint over alleged barring from Ryan Elementary

Andrew O’Connor, a parent of a second-grader at Lafayette’s Ryan Elementary, voiced concern for his daughter’s safety after she was hurt several times at school.

His wife met with school officials after the most recent incident to discuss concerns and a “partnering” with the school, according to the federal civil rights complaint O’Connor filed with the U.S. district court Friday. The meeting resulted in O’Connor receiving a “no trespass” letter and a warning from the security services manager that said “if he stepped on campus to walk his daughter to her classroom that the school would call the police.”

O’Connor’s complaint alleges he was barred from the school without due process.

Lafayette school hosts healthy-eating program for Colorado Proud Day

Students attending Alicia Sanchez International School in Lafayette focused on healthy eating Wednesday as they celebrated Colorado Proud School Meal Day. The annual celebration, headed up by Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education, encourages schools to inform students about local agriculture and healthy food choices.

Mark Guttridge from Ollin Farms and Chef Hugo Matheson of The Kitchen restaurants, got students involved with hands-on farm education and chef demonstration activities.

Boy sentenced to 50 months in youth corrections facility for Broomfield playground stabbing

A 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty for stabbing a girl at Aspen Creek K-8 in April was sentenced Wednesday to 50 months in a youth corrections facility.

Broomfield County District Judge Edward Moss said the teen, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, displayed behavior that was “absolutely horrendous.”

The attack shook the community, according to Deputy District Attorney Alex Baker, and the sentencing was crafted in a way that would protect the community and provide the boy the support he needs to address underlying behavioral issues.

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