There was only one reason Karen Ankerstar moved her family from Colorado to Florida three years ago and eventually enrolled her 15-year-old son in a private high school in Sarasota.

"There were guns in the junior highs" in Colorado, Ankerstar said, recalling an incident in which a group of teen-agers were caught with weapons near her son Tristan's public middle school.

"Physical safety was my main concern," she said.


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