Columbine High School and roughly 14 other schools in the Denver, Colorado area were put on lockdown Tuesday after police received credible reports of violence, The Hill reported. The lockdown comes a mere days before the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting that ravaged Columbine High.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department tweeted about the lockdown mid-afternoon Tuesday.
We are currently investigating what appears to be a credible threat possibly involving the schools. Children are safe. Deputies are at the schools. Multiple schools are on lockout in Columbine area & Mountains. More details to come #JeffCo pic.twitter.com/LwS6VJKxdV— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) April 16, 2019
The school district also tweeted about the lockdown:
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. https://t.co/sJx76MHcMG— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
We have an update regarding the multiple lockouts this afternoon. All students and staff are safe. Students will be released from schools normally; buses will be running on normal schedule. We will have extra safety and security staff on site at all schools affected.— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
All after-school activities, sports, and practices will occur as scheduled EXCEPT for Columbine High School where all such activities are canceled.— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
Schools who were in lockout will remain in lockout until their normal release time and they are:
Bergens— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
Ken Caryl Middle
Rocky Mtn Acad of Egreen
West Jeff Elementary
West Jeff MS
Woodrow Wilson West
Thank you for your patience as we worked through this safety issue. For anyone who would like more information about our emergency procedures, you can find it here: https://t.co/n6ogfznIp7 @jeffcosheriffco— Jeffco Public Schools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) April 16, 2019
The FBI is now looking for a woman they say is "obsessed" with the Columbine High shooting. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tweeted a picture of 18-year-old Sol Pais and asked people to keep an eye out for her.
The @FBIDenver & JCSO are asking for the public’s help regarding a potential credible threat. Last night Sol Pais traveled to Colorado & made threats. She is armed & considered to be extremely dangerous 1/3 pic.twitter.com/2x5iwddsMp— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) April 16, 2019
She is a white female, 18 years old, approximately 5'5" in height, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots. She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County 2/3 pic.twitter.com/jHOqqTUjFE— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) April 16, 2019
Please call the FBI tipline at (303) 630-6227 where your call will be answered immediately if you have seen this individual or have information on her whereabouts. Please do not approach her as she is considered armed and dangerous 3/3 pic.twitter.com/sybtMRzG80— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) April 16, 2019
From the Associated Press:
Sol Pais, 18, traveled to Colorado on Monday night and has tried to buy firearms, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. Pais was last seen in the foothills west of Denver, was considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached.
The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as “infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting.” The alert said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.
Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Taplin said the threats she made were general, not specific to any school.
On April 20, 1999, 12 students and one teacher at Columbine were killed by two students who later killed themselves.