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Montezuma Sheriff, School Superintendent Reflect on School Safety

Austin Cope
A Cortez Police car sits outside Montezuma Cortez High School on Friday. The schools had "increased police presence" due to an alleged threat.

The February 14th school shooting in Parkland, Florida has brought up national questions about gun safety, law enforcement practices, and the safety of schools in general. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin and Montezuma-Cortez School District Superintendent Lori Haukeness have first-hand experience with such questions. They spoke with KSJD's Austin Cope on Tuesday morning to share their thoughts.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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