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Platte Canyon  High School

Platte Canyon High School


On September 27 2006, Duane Roger Morrison, a 53 year old man entered Platte Canyon High School and took 6 girls hostage. He instructed everyone in the room to face the chalkboard and then sexually assaulted 6 of the girls. A code white alert was sent out and students were instructed to stay in their classrooms. Four of the girls were released and the sheriff heightened the intensity of his strategy to get the other 2 hostages released. One of the hostages’ father received a message that there was an incident occurring at the school and he sent his daughter Emily Keyes a text saying, “R U OK?” She was able to respond by saying, “I love u guys!” Emily was shot in the head by Morrison when police broke in to rescue the two remaining hostages and Emily tried to run. She died at 4:32 PM after being flown to Denver by Flight for Life.

Paranormal Activities Reported:

Reports have been made of disembodied footsteps, electrical phenomena including flickering lights, and disembodied voices particularly in the storage room.


On the Shadowlands Index of Haunted Places website, there is a story posted that has some of the details of this tragic event correct and some that are wrong. At Omahaunt, we feel that it’s important to set the details straight, as these kinds of events are things that people like to forget in order to move on with their lives. However, an events like this at Platte Canyon High School is historically important to the community and have a lasting impact on the people who are directly and indirectly involved. They are not to be taken lightly and stories of paranormal activities that arise out of tragic events such as these are not yet ripe for investigation, in our opinion because the people who were directly involved are still healing their psychological wounds and trying to move on. An event such as the one that occurred in September of 2006 at Platte Canyon High School is open for discussion, however, so long as the memory of the deceased is respected.


ePodunk (2007). Bailey, Colorado. Retrieved May 16, 2009 from

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Index of Haunted Places. Retrieved February 16, 2008 from

Wikipedia (2009). Platte Canyon High School. Retrieved May 16, 2009 from


Platte Canyon High School, Pike National Forest, 57243 U.S. 285, Bailey, CO Colorado 80421, USA

Platte Canyon High School, Pike National Forest, 57243 U.S. 285, Bailey, CO Colorado 80421, USA

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