Woman sought amid ‘lockout’ of Colorado schools - including Columbine - before shooting anniversary

Woman sought amid ‘lockout’ of Colorado schools - including Columbine - before shooting anniversary

More than 20 schools have been temporarily placed on lockdown in Colorado as U.S. authorities investigate a "credible threat" just ahead of the 20th anniversary of the notorious Columbine High School shooting.

Education officials say Denver-area public schools will be closed Wednesday due to the an ongoing safety concern as authorities search for a woman who they say is armed, making threats and "infatuated" with the Columbine High School shooting.

"All facilities and programs are closed for the day - no employees are to report", Jefferson County Public Schools posted on Twitter, saying they made the decision "in collaboration with other Denver-metro area school districts".

"Getting threats is not out of the normal for Columbine High School", Taplin said.

The Department of Public Safety urged schools urged schools to tighten security, and more than 20 put lockdowns in place. The FBI in Denver won't say what types of threats she allegedly made, but that she was "infatuated" with Columbine.

"Please do not approach her as she is considered armed and risky".

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

Officials said Pais is from Miami and the Miami FBI notified Denver FBI about a threat Tuesday morning.

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

Columbine students continued attending classes in the afternoon and left school on time, but after-school activities were cancelled on the campus in Littleton, Colorado.

Students were dismissed on time but after-school activities were canceled at Columbine.

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

She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County Monday, but the exact location was not divulged.

The students walked to crosswalks and buses parked near the entrance.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff's spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat. The Miami Herald and WTVJ are reporting that neighbours say the teen is a senior at Miami Beach High School.

Please call the Federal Bureau of Investigation tipline at (303) 630-6227 where your call will be answered immediately if you have seen this individual or have information on her whereabouts. Extra precautions were taken at schools near Columbine, where sheriff's deputies were on hand. "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. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary.

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