[REGIONAL NEWS] Colorado school officials ask voters to consider tearing down, rebuilding Columbine High School

By Mike James | USA TODAY 

It was the place that spawned a new breed of attacks on innocent people. Now, 20 years later, Columbine High School faces scrutiny of another kind: Whether it should be torn down and replaced.

Calling the infamous Colorado shooting “a macabre source of inspiration” for troubled people around the globe, the superintendent of the school system overseeing the high school said in a letter posted Thursday that it might be time to consider a change.

Jefferson Public Schools Superintendent Jason E. Glass said in the letter, sent to the Columbine community, that the idea is in the very early stages and may not happen. It would entail asking voters to approve $70 million “at some point” to construct a new school.

He encouraged people to keep an open mind to possibly razing and replacing the school’s buildings. Thirteen people were slain by two students in the April 20, 1999, massacre.

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