Denver Area Schools Closed Today Due To Massive FBI Manhunt And ‘Credible Th-reat’

Over a dozen Denver-area school districts are closed today after FBI and local law enforcement warned of an “armed and da-ngerous” woman in the area who’s said to be “infatuated” with the horrific 1999 Columbine school sh-ooting.

Eighteen-year-old Sol Pais flew to Denver from Miami yesterday and was able to “immediately” buy a pump action s-hot g-un and ammunition, according to FBI Denver Special Agent In Charge Dean Phillips. Phillips told reporters that the teen had “made some concerning comments in the past” and was “infatuated” with both the Columbine sh-ooting and sh-ooters. She was last seen in the foothills of Jefferson County, near the Denver metro area — and the FBI is asking for help in locating her.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s department tweeted out information about Pais to help identify her.

She’s “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.”

Phillips went on to explain that law enforcement hasn’t received a specific th-reat to anyone school but felt it was a “credible th-reat certainly to the community and potentially to schools.” He says the search for Pais “has become a massive manhunt.”

What makes the th-reat even more chilling is that the 20th anniversary of the sh-ooting at Columbine is this Saturday. The at-tack ended in the loss of 12 students and one teacher. The shooters also ended their own lives in the school library after the massacre.

According to CNN, Denver Public Schools will be closed today.

Jefferson County Public Schools are also closed, and Columbine is part of that district. A total of 20 districts have also closed for today.

As of last night, Pais hasn’t been charged with a c-rime but the FBI and local law enforcement are working with federal and local prosecutors to bring charges against her. Phillips says whenever the woman is located, “we will certainly hold her for as long as we can legally.”

Columbine and other Jefferson County schools were placed on a lockout yesterday, with classes continuing but entries and exits to buildings being restricted.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader tells reporters that th-reats of this nature are taken seriously. He also notes that this isn’t the first th-reat to Columbine since the 1999 sh-ooting, but that the timing of Pais’ th-reat, in particular, is hard with the 20-year mark of the massacre coming up soon. “I know that this opens a wound especially on an anniversary week,” he says.

In the years since Columbine, the school has developed “likely the most sophisticated school security system in the country,” according to The Washington Post. But all the advanced security measures in the world can’t make it easy for a town that’s already been through so much to cope with the th-reat of it possibly happening all over again.

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