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

Students leave Columbine High School on Tuesday

Phillips says Pais did not specifically threaten Columbine, but investigators were concerned because she has expressed an infatuation with the 1999 shooting.

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

Pais is about 5-foot-5, has brown hair and was last seen Monday night in the foothills of Jefferson County wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots, authorities said. It's not clear where she came from.

All schools in the Denver metropolitan area were placed on lockdown on Tuesday in response to the threats.

The announcement of closures in metro-area school districts came in a tweet from the Colorado Department of Education shortly before midnight.

The Aurora Police Department said it was "taking this threat seriously" and that it was working with Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools. Some say they just want to pay their respects, but others claim they are in love with the shooters - or sometimes that they have been reincarnated with the shooters' souls. The FBI in Denver won't say what types of threats she allegedly made, but that she was "infatuated" with Columbine. "She is armed and considered to be extremely unsafe", the office wrote on Facebook.

In December, an anonymous caller claimed bombs had been planted inside 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.

Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He told Hickenlooper he'd like to see more funding go to educators. "She never got in trouble", she said. Phillips said that would not prevent authorities from apprehending Pais.

Students left classes on time, but after-school activities were cancelled.

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Jefferson County comprises the area to the west of Denver and includes cities Golden, Lakewood, and others. Students will be released from schools normally; buses will be running on normal schedule. All students were safe, school officials said.

A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Mike Taplin, said the lockdowns involved an FBI investigation but he couldn't provide any details.

Officials had no answer at the time of the press conference as to whether schools would open on Wednesday.

Authorities say tightened security at Columbine High School and about a dozen other Denver-area schools is related to an FBI investigation.

CBS Miami reports Pais' family is asking her to turn herself in. But they won't be protesting at the Colorado school where the violence took place. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary.

Authorities said they are looking Sol Pais suspected of making threats on Columbine High School, just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed 13 people.

Authorities announced late Tuesday they would be closing all Denver schools on Wednesday.

At 9:20 a.m. this morning, when all was calm, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tweeted out the photo below of the Columbine memorial in association with a roster of events associated with the tragic remembrance scheduled for this week.

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