Students safe at Columbine, other schools after lock down

Authorities Searching for Woman After Lockdown at Colorado Schools

Authorities Searching for Woman After Lockdown at Colorado Schools

Authorities are seeking Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for almost three hours Tuesday afternoon.

The threat, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was "not isolated to one school or individual", led county public school officials on Tuesday afternoon to place Columbine and nearby schools on "lockout", which means classes continue as usual inside while entries to and exits from the building are restricted.

The FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as "infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting".

It said she tried to buy firearms and that police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.

Officials are now seeking 18-year-old Sol Pais from florida in connection with the threat said to be armed and risky, and "infatuated" with Columbine. She is about 5-foot-5 and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage trousers and black boots, authorities said.

There is no information about any specific threat to any particular school, but authorities believe she is a credible threat to the community.

"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".

Pais is thought to be obsessed with Columbine and recently flew to Colorado in a trip apparently timed to what Safe2Tell founder Susan Payne referred to in a post we published this morning as a "day of remembrance" for the April 20, 1999, attack, which killed twelve students and a teacher.

Schools districts across the Denver metro area were placed on lockout after the threats; the Post reported that over 20 schools were affected.

The safety unit run by Jefferson County Public Schools is considered to be one of the most sophisticated school security systems in the country. That list included Columbine, the site of a horrific massacre on April 20, 1999.

CBS Miami reports Pais' family is asking her to turn herself in.

Officials said after school activities will be held at all schools except Columbine, but didn't explain why. All after-school activities will go on as scheduled, except for at Columbine High School, where all after-school activities have been canceled.

School officials say the doors were locked but classes were continuing at Columbine and two other nearby schools and at other schools farther away in the same district. Extra precautions were taken at schools near Columbine, where sheriff's deputies were on hand.

Columbine survivors acknowledge how different things are for their own kids twenty years after they experienced the horror of gunfire in the classroom.