FBI searching for woman who threatened Columbine High School

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2019

Authorities say 18-year-old Sol Pais made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for almost three hours Tuesday afternoon.

Jefferson County school officials tweeted that all students and staff were safe and students would be released on a normal schedule.

The FBI and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are looking for 18-year-old Sol Pais in connection to the threats.

A "BOLO" sent out by Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force says that Pais is "infatuated with Columbine school shooting" and was "attempting to buy firearms".

"Pais, whom the JCSO said was armed and "considered to be extremely unsafe", was described as a white female, 5'5" tall, with brown hair.

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.

Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin said the threats she made were general and not specific to any school.

Pais flew from Miami to Denver on Monday, where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips said at a press conference late Tuesday.

Students left classes on time, but after-school activities were canceled at Columbine in Littleton, Colorado.

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The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro-area school districts due to the ongoing safety concern. The students walked to crosswalks and buses parked near the entrance.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, along with Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado state troopers, have searched for her, including hunting through rural Jefferson County foothills throughout the day and have published her name and photo in local media.

The safety unit run by Jefferson County Public Schools is considered one of the most sophisticated school security systems in the country. 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.

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

The 20th anniversary of the attack is on 20 April.

Police are searching for an armed and risky 18-year-old woman who is "infatuated with Columbine", referring to the school massacre 20 years ago.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies were posted at the schools involved.

School officials say the doors were locked but classes were continuing Tuesday at Columbine and two other nearby schools and at other schools farther away in the district.

In the years since the massacre, the shooting has become a grim obsession for people known as "Columbiners".

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