Edits made to Colorado school's Wikipedia page in April foresaw mass shooting that left 1 dead, 8 injured
The shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday comes just weeks after the community mourned the 1999 Columbine High School massacre
Even as the Colorado community mourned during the 20th anniversary of the nation's worst shootings that unfolded at the Columbine High School in 1999 just a few weeks ago, two armed high school students went on a rampage at a charter school in the same community on May 7.
Douglas County sheriff's officials confirmed that the shooting carried out by 18-year-old Devon Erickson and another younger student at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon killed one and injured at least another eight, of whom two are said to be in serious condition.
According to the Associated Press, the two accused opened fire on students in two classrooms, prompting students to run shouting through halls or hide out of sight as the sound of gunfire echoed through the corridors.
The response from authorities was immediate.
Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriff's department substation had stormed the school and arrested both suspects following a brief struggle.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock said both the perpetrators were students at the school — which focuses primarily on science, technology, engineering, and math, and has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grade — and that neither had been previously known to them.
Eerily enough, it seems that there were some who may have foreseen the shooting.
An edit made on the 'History' section of the school's Wikipedia page at 5:49 am on April 29, 2019 — the edit has since been removed — seems to mock an anti-suicide program implemented in 2018 aimed at lowering the chance of suicides and school shootings. The edit also has a suggestive tone to it.
"2018: Anti suicide programs are implemented to help lower the chances of suicide and school shootings," it reads, before disturbingly continuing with, "Do they work? We shall see."
While the edit could very well have been a joke that had been poorly thought out, the fact that the revision was removed from the public archives — the place where one can usually view all the edits made to any given Wikipedia page — raises suspicion that it was made by someone with malicious intent.
And this wasn't the only time derogatory changes were made to the 'History' section either.
A change made on January 30, 2019, added a paragraph for the year of 2019 where the editor wrote, "2019: Communist Party of Stem forms."
Another made on November 8, 2018, reads, "2018: School is changed from school to shooting range, gay strip club, and tree farm among others on google maps."
In the aftermath of Tuesday's shootings, three hospitals in the area have been treating the eight people who were injured in connection to the attack.
The father of one of the victims, Fernando Montoya, revealed that his son had been shot three times but was expected to make a full recovery.