Federal Bureau of Investigation issue security threat for schools in Denver

Lamar Ellis
April 17, 2019

Authorities are searching for an armed woman in connection with alleged threats that led to lockouts at Columbine High School and almost 20 other Colorado schools, officials said Tuesday.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said, "I know this opens a wound, especially during this anniversary week".

All Denver area schools should conduct a "lockout" and controlled release, according to a later tweet from the Colorado Department of Education.

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

"She has made some concerning comments in the past. and because of that we were concerned", he said.

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.

The FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice describing the teenager as "infatuated with [the] Columbine school shooting".

A bulletin sent to local police said authorities do not have probable cause to arrest Pais, but that she should be detained for a mental health evaluation.

Students leave Columbine High School.

Among them was Columbine High School, school officials said on Twitter. The lockdown comes a mere days before the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting that ravaged Columbine High.

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

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

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say Pais travelled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff's spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat.

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.

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

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

School security chief John McDonald talks with judicial specialist Maryann Peratt in Columbine High Schools new library, which was built after the 1999 attack.

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

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