Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Denver schools closed after woman who is 'infatuated' with Columbine makes threats

Denver schools closed after woman who is 'infatuated' with Columbine makes threats

Authorities are seeking 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.

Doors were locked at Columbine and at more than 20 other schools in the Denver area on Tuesday afternoon after the threat.

Tuesday's lockout, less serious than a public safety "lockdown", means activities inside schools may continue as usual but entry and exit are restricted, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin said the threats she made were general and not specific to any school.

Two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher.

The FBI is now looking for a woman they say is "obsessed" with the Columbine High shooting. They appealed for anyone seeing her to call an Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line at 303 630-6227, and said she is too risky to be approached by civilians.

These included Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools, as well as Jefferson County Public Schools, which includes Columbine High School.

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"It's a credible threat ... but she did not make it directly", Jenny Fulton, a spokeswoman with the local sheriff's office, told CNN.

Denver-area public schools will be closed on Wednesday as authorities search for a young Florida woman who flew to the city and bought a gun after becoming "infatuated" with the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

At least one school district heeded the advice.

An officer from Jefferson County, Colo., Schools listens on his radio as students leave Columbine High School on Tuesday.

Students wearing backpacks came out the main door at Columbine on Tuesday afternoon, soon after school officials announced that students in all the schools put on lockdown were safe and would be dismissed at their normal times.

The students walked to crosswalks and buses parked near the entrance. The FBI did not respond to a request for comment, but the state's education department said in a tweet that the threat came from "an individual identified by the FBI".

Officials had no answer at the time of the press conference as to whether schools would open on Wednesday. The Miami Herald and WTVJ are reporting that neighbours say the teen is a senior at Miami Beach High School. The two shooters took their lives in the school's library. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary. "And in that regard, I know that this opens a wound, especially on this anniversary week, for those families who were most deeply impacted by this", Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said.

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