Schools across Denver area closed as “massive manhunt” continues for armed woman “infatuated with Columbine”
Districts across the Denver metro area ordered their schools closed Wednesday as the FBI and local police continue a “massive manhunt” for an 18-year-old Florida woman they say is “infatuated with Columbine” and who purchased a shotgun shortly after arriving in Colorado this week.
Most major Denver-area school districts — and others across the Front Range — have canceled classes Wednesday, including Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District, Aurora Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools, home to Columbine High School, which was on lockout on Tuesday along with more than 20 other schools in that district over “credible threats.”
Superintendents from school districts across the Denver-metro area gathered for a call Tuesday night and collectively determined that the safest course of action would be to close schools on Wednesday.
Even school districts as far away from Columbine as those in Weld and Larimer counties have been closed Wednesday as a precaution.
FBI spokesman Dustin Farivar said Wednesday morning that although the FBI is not making a recommendation about how many days schools should remain closed, he said they will back any decision the districts make.
“We will support the schools in anything they need,” Farivar said.
Police and federal authorities are searching for Sol Pais, 18, of Surfside, Florida, who traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night. FBI officials say she bought a pump-action shotgun as well as ammunition after leaving Denver International Airport.
“We’re looking for her everywhere,” Mike Taplin, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday morning. “We’re hoping to find her before any bad can be done. All the jurisdictions are working together and the FBI is the lead agency.”
He added: “If someone sees her, they need to call 911 immediately and not try to contact …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World