Rise & Shine: A Denver fifth-grader was handcuffed four times this school year

Good morning.

We're closing out the school year in Denver Public Schools with a hard but necessary story. District security officers have used handcuffs on students 65 times in the last two years, by their own accounting. One of them is Jake DiProfio, handcuffed four times in a single school year and carrying long-lasting effects from those incidents.

Melanie spent time with the DiProfio family as the district reconsiders the use of handcuffs on young students and has that story.

We also have a story from Yesenia about where teacher pay negotiations stand in Aurora, an update on how Colorado teens fared at the National Spelling Bee, and great insights from an art teacher who leaned into the chaos.

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Thank you for reading and enjoy your summer.

— Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

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USE OF FORCE As the Denver school board reconsiders the district’s policy on handcuffing young students, one family shared their story. Jake DiProfio was handcuffed at school four times this year. He’s 11 years old. Chalkbeat

NEW DEAL Aurora teachers will get a modest pay increase after voters approved a mill levy override last year. A larger restructuring of the district’s salary schedule is still to come. Chalkbeat

END OF THE ROAD Two Colorado teens who had advanced to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee met their matches. Find out which words stumped them. Denver Post

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER This Colorado art teacher leaned into the chaos to give her students more creative freedom. Colorado Public Radio

UPGRADES School construction season is kicking off, and students around the metro area will return to new and improved buildings in the fall. Denver Post

NO CHARGES Greenwood Village police have closed their investigation into the suicide of a Cherry Creek High student whose parents say he was bullied. No one will face criminal charges. Denver Post

SETTLEMENT A Douglas County teacher who called a student ‘Hitler Youth’ in the wake of a confrontation between a Native American man and Covington Catholic students in Washington, D.C., has left the district with a payout. 9 News