Denver, CO—Catholic Charities CEO and President Larry Smith released a statement after police responded to an incident today that occurred at Margery Reed Mayo daycare center in Denver. Below is Larry Smith’s statement.
The Margery Reed Mayo daycare center had an unidentified man enter the center’s playground and break a window and enter the building. Upon seeing the intruder acting strangely on the playground, the daycare staff immediately executed their lockdown protocol. The staff followed the protocol perfectly and kept the children out of harm’s way. Everyone was safe, and no one was injured. The Denver Police Department quickly arrived after staff dialed 911 and arrested the intruder. This was an isolated incident.
I want to commend our team at Margery Reed daycare for their quick and effective response. Our staff does an amazing job on a daily basis to care for these children. Today, they defended the children fearlessly and without concern for themselves. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.
I’m also deeply appreciative and grateful to the Denver Police Department. The police and emergency personnel responded quickly to arrest the intruder. They stayed to ensure everyone felt safe and secure. We’ve invited the police to return to Margery Reed and spend time with the children so they can understand the police are trusted adults.
We are partnering with the police department to provide victims assistance counseling for any children and their parents, if they request it, at no cost. The police will also follow-up to ensure the site remains secure and that all continue to feel safe.
Catholic Charities continues to be vigilant and prepared as we go about our work to serve and protect those in need.