Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

FBI Searching for 'Armed and Dangerous' Woman After School Threat

FBI Searching for 'Armed and Dangerous' Woman After School Threat

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

Ten minutes later, the district followed with more information: "To clarify, mountain schools include Evergreen High, Evergreen Middle, Conifer High, West Jeff Middle, West Jeff Elementary, Bergens, Wilmot Elementary, Marshdale Elementary, Elk Creek Elementary, Ralston Elementary, Rocky Mountain Academy, Parmalee Elementary".

The 18-year-old woman, Sol Pais, traveled to Colorado Monday night and is considered armed and unsafe, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's Twitter post, which included two photos of Pais, said she was dressed in a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots.

Davis says "Troubled kids in our schools, and nobody knows about it. the teachers and administrators are the first line. they need to see that, and they need support and help".

Since April 20, 1999, when two gunmen stormed Columbine, killing 13 people and wounding 24, threats of violence have become a painful fact of everyday life for the high school and the highly trained security team tasked with keeping it safe. Students were later released from class as normal, according to Jefferson County Public Schools.

"We are now investigating what appears to be a credible threat possibly involving the schools", Jefferson County Sheriff's department said earlier in a tweet.

"If we found her tonight, we will certainly hold her for as long as we can legally", Phillips said.

A message left for an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman wasn't immediately returned.

All Jeffco schools will release students on schedule with increased security staff on site, the district said in a tweet. Under lockout procedure, students are gathered inside of their school in order to protect them from a threat that is believed to be outside the building.

Saturday will mark 20 years since the massacre at the Denver-area school.

Authorities say she should be considered armed and extremely unsafe.

"But we do intend to make sure we are engaged with school superintendents and specifically with the Jefferson County School District and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and others and with our law enforcement partners to make the very best decision".

All schools in the Denver vicinity were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed "credible and general", said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. There was no immediate indication whether there was any connection to the anniversary.

Students left classes on time, but after-school activities were cancelled. Extra precautions were taken at schools near Columbine, where sheriff's deputies were on hand.

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