Columbine Placed On Lockout Over ‘Credible Threat,’ Law Enforcement Investigating

Authorities Searching for Woman After Lockdown at Colorado Schools

Following a lockdown at Columbine High School and other Denver area schools, authorities say they are looking for a woman suspected of making threats.

In addition to Denver Public Schools, which serves almost 100 000 students across roughly 200 schools, numerous other school districts said they would not open on Wednesday as a precaution.

All schools in the Denver vicinity were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed "credible and general", said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

An "armed and extremely dangerous" woman, identified as Sol Pais, had been making "credible" threats and traveled to Colorado on Monday night, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities have warned.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies were posted at the schools involved.

The FBI is leading the investigation, said Mike Taplin, a spokesman for the sheriff's department. Authorities requested the lockout in Jefferson County on Tuesday afternoon as they searched for the suspect, whose description was released on Twitter with a warning not to approach her.

Then, at 12:20 p.m., Jefferson County Schools tweeted this: "We have placed #ColumbineHighSchool, #LeawoodElementary, @bhelementaryco and all mountain schools on lockout".

Once in Colorado, authorities said she legally purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition from a retailer in Littleton.

School officials say the doors were locked but classes were continuing at Columbine and two other nearby schools and at other schools farther away in the same district.

Almost 20 school districts in the greater Denver area will be closed Wednesday due to security concerns just days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Authorities said they have not identified any connections she has with Colorado and most of her threats were spoken. All after-school activities will go on as scheduled, except for at Columbine High School, where all after-school activities have been canceled.

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.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said, "I know this opens a wound, especially during this anniversary week".

At least one school district heeded the advice.

The 20-year anniversary of the shooting is on Saturday. "We will have extra safety and security staff on site at all schools affected", Jefferson County Public Schools said. The threats were quickly investigated and found to be not credible.



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