One Suspect in Colorado's STEM School Shooting Identifies As Male

CNS News | 5/13/2019 | Staff
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( - Charges will be filed this week against two students suspected of opening fire on their classmates, killing one and injuring eight, at the K-12 STEM charter school in Douglas County, Colorado last week.

The two suspects, 18-year-old Devon Erickson and 16-year-old Alec (née Maya Elizabeth) McKinney, have been in jail since they were arrested on May 7 inside the school they both attended.

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McKinney, described as transgender, was originally mistaken for a young man by law enforcement.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told a news conference last week that when the suspects were taken into custody, officers believed they were both young men.

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"It wasn't until we got to this office, where we were able to determine that one of the suspects was a female," Spurlock said. "You have to understand that this individual was a young person. This individual is a small, young person and the identity wasn't definitive, obviously -- obvious to us when they were taken into custody."

Press reports since the shooting have said that McKinney was transgender and transitioning from female to male, a situation the school would have had to accept under the prevailing nondiscrimination policy.

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According to the Douglas County School District Code of Conduct for 2018-2019: "The Board of Education is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified student shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of,...
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