FBI searching for woman who threatened Columbine High School

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

Colorado's Columbine High School and at least 20 surrounding schools were placed under a "lockout" security alert on Tuesday as authorities cited a "potential credible threat" posed by an 18-year-old woman described as armed and "extremely unsafe".

Pais traveled to Colorado on Monday night 'and made threats in the Denver metropolitan area, ' the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.

A Jeffco Public Schools spokesperson said several schools in the Columbine and mountain areas of the district were on lockout at 1 p.m. but said "everyone is safe".

On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office placed Columbine and 21 surrounding schools under a security "lockout", allowing activities inside to continue as usual but restricting entry and exit at the schools.

"The threat being investigated is to schools in general, and we are working together across the metro area to gather more information", Aurora police tweeted.

The Department of Public Safety urged schools to tighten security, and more than 20 put lockdowns in place. The FBI and other authorities are looking for an 18-year-old woman who is believed to be connected to the lockouts and who is considered armed and unsafe, according to the FBI. They appealed for anyone seeing her to call an Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line at 303 630-6227, and said she is too unsafe to be approached by civilians.

Officials did not provide further details about the threats or say where she was from.


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. As the district prepares for the day's memorial events, it is fending off an onslaught of curious strangers who trespass in the school's parking lot - sometimes more than 30 people in a day.

An officer from Jefferson County, Colo., Schools listens on his radio as students leave Columbine High School on Tuesday. All after-school activities, including sports and practices, will go on as scheduled, except at Columbine, where they were canceled as a precaution, the district said.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff's spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat. At the time it was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

"We always have heightened awareness close to high-profile anniversaries like this", Billinger said. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary.

Jefferson County sheriff's office earlier posted photos of the woman on Twitter.

The lockdown comes just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting at the school that killed 12 students and a teacher.

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