Police searching for suspect after 'potential credible threat' at Columbine High School

Police searching for suspect after 'potential credible threat' at Columbine High School

Phillips said the threats she made were general, not specific to any school. As the district prepares for the day's memorial events, it is fending off an onslaught of curious strangers who trespass in the parking lot of the high school - sometimes more than 30 people in a single day.

An 18-year-old Florida woman "infatuated" with the Columbine school shooting traveled to Colorado by plane Monday, purchased a shotgun and ammunition in Littleton and disappeared into the foothills of Jefferson County.

She was last spotted wearing camouflage trousers, a black t-shirt and black boots, in the foothills of Jefferson County, the sheriff's office said.

The undisclosed threats led Columbine and several other high schools outside Denver to lock their doors for almost three hours. The situation arose days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting that occurred there on April 20, 1999.

The safety unit run by Jefferson County Public Schools is considered one of the most sophisticated school security systems in the country.

This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 shows Sol Pais. He said once they detain her, they will hold her for as long as they legally can.

The FBI Denver Division and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help regarding a potential credible threat in the Denver metropolitan area.

The threat, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was "not isolated to one school or individual", led county public school officials on Tuesday afternoon to place Columbine and nearby schools on "lockout", which means classes continue as usual inside while entries to and exits from the building are restricted.

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Junior David Eaton told the newspaper that he was in a math class when the school announced the lockout.

The FBI Denver Division and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as 18 year-old Sol Pais.

Authorities issued a security warning to schools throughout the Denver area late on Tuesday. She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, west of Denver, AP reports, and was considered extremely unsafe and not to be approached.

Students left classes on time, but after-school activities were cancelled. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary.

The school, as well as 20 others around the Denver area in Colorado, were placed into lockdown by police about 1.40pm local time today due to a "credible threat".

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

In a lockout, exterior doors are locked, and school continues as normal.

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