Denver-area schools to close Wednesday amid threats

FBI hunts woman 'infatuated' with Columbine massacre who threatened school

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office subsequently sent out an alert about a person of interest in the case: Sol Pais, an eighteen-year-old woman (from Florida, a knowledgeable source tells us) who is known by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities are looking for Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for almost three hours Tuesday afternoon.

Many schools in the Denver area will be closed Wednesday as authorities conduct what they're calling a "massive manhunt" for a young woman they say is "infatuated" with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Students are leaving classes after tightened security at Columbine High School and over 20 other Denver-area high schools after a lockdown caused by a possible threat.

Columbine High and several schools in the area were part of the lockout, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tweeted. Extra precautions were taken at schools near Columbine, where sheriff's deputies were on hand. "She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County", the police said.

Pais has been described as "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting" and is believed to have travelled into Denver "attempting to buy firearms", according to local media outlet the Denver Post.

She subsequently "made threats in the Denver metropolitan area".

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In December, an anonymous caller claimed bombs had been planted inside Columbine high school.

On April 20,1999, two students, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, killed 12 students and one teacher in a mass shooting at Columbine.

Columbine students continued attending classes in the afternoon and left school on time, but after-school activities were canceled on the campus in Littleton, Colorado.

All of the students are safe, the Jefferson County Sheriff's office said on Facebook.

Two hours after announcing the lockouts, the school system reported that all students and staff were safe, adding that students would be released from the schools and buses would run on their normal schedule, though some may be slightly delayed. "I know that this opens a wound, especially on an anniversary week, for those families that were most deeply impacted by this".

Columbine survivors acknowledge how different things are for their own kids twenty years after they experienced the horror of gunfire in the classroom.

Ten minutes later, the district followed with more information: "To clarify, mountain schools include Evergreen High, Evergreen Middle, Conifer High, West Jeff Middle, West Jeff Elementary, Bergens, Wilmot Elementary, Marshdale Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary, Ralston Elementary, Rocky Mountain Academy, Parmalee Elementary". The threats were quickly investigated and found to be not credible.

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