There could be more information by the end of the week.
Last week, officials with the Denver Police Department confirmed the department was “actively” investigating charges that Norwood students were involved in a sexual assault in Denver during the State Wrestling Tournament that took place Feb. 16-18.
Per the Colorado Child Protection Act of 1987, school employees who have reason to believe that a child in their care has been assaulted must report their suspicions, in writing and orally, to county social services and/or law enforcement authorities.
Denver officers were at Norwood High School Tuesday, April 10, interviewing students and staff about an alleged assault on tournament grounds.
“The investigation is ongoing, and that’s where we’re at,” said the department's Public Information Officer John White. The department will not release any more information, in part “because minors are involved.”
Norwood Superintendent of Schools Dave Crews said, in an April 12 email to The Watch, "Thank you for your concern on this matter. Because we are dealing with personnel and student matters I cannot comment on it. However, I can tell you that our continued drive and commitment is to provide a safe environment for students to receive a quality education to prepare them to have success after high school. At this time we have not had any disciplinary incidents at school pertaining to this case. It is a safe environment. Thank you for your understanding of the situation."
A receptionist for Norwood School District attorney Darryl Farrington was instructed to not put a reporter's message through to his voicemail Friday.
Nor has Farrington acknowledged earlier phone and email messages regarding the Tuesday, April 10 visit from Denver police to Norwood High School. Farrington, with the Denver law firm Semple, Farrington and Everall, has specialized in school law and special district law for more than 30 years, according to his firm's website. He "currently serves as general counsel to approximately 35 school districts and boards of cooperative services throughout Colorado…."
In addition to Norwood, Farrington lists Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray districts among his clients.
Parties who wish to remain unidentified say that parents are organizing a group to attend an April 17 meeting of the Norwood School Board and ask the question, “How are you keeping our children safe?”