• Mario Nicolais

Finding hope amid evil thanks to Kendrick Castillo

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When two fellow students opened fire at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Kendrick Castillo lunged at one, saving the lives of many.


In the face of unspeakable evil, and at the cost of his own life, Castillo became the hero both his classmates and our country needed.


As Americans — and specifically as Coloradans — we have witnessed mass shootings, and school shootings in particular, with heartache and helplessness.


In the age of camera phones, social media and text messages, the horrifying events and aftermath play out time and again from countless vantages. It is difficult to feel anything but despair.


Most of us have become too accustomed to the cycle of initial news, breaking coverage, a deluge of social media responses, thoughts and prayers, political responses and follow-up stories.


Twenty years after Columbine terrorized our national psyche seven miles down the road from STEM, we now have a set collective response to what should be unbearable tragedy.


Read the rest of this column in the Colorado Sun.

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