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By Reis Thebault and Jessica Contrera | Washington Post
Authorities are investigating what they deemed a “credible threat” at Columbine High School and more than 20 other schools in Colorado’s Jefferson County, a scare that comes just days before the community planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of the country’s deadliest school shootings.
Near the end of the school day Tuesday afternoon, county public school officials announced they had placed Columbine and nearby schools on “lockout,” which, they said, means classes would continue as usual inside while entries to and exits from the building would be restricted.
“We are currently investigating what appears to be a credible threat possibly involving the schools,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department said in a tweet. “Children are safe. Deputies are at the schools.”
The FBI is leading the investigation, said Mike Taplin, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. The FBI did not respond to a request for comment, but the state’s education department said in a tweet that the threat came from “an individual identified by the FBI.”
Two hours after announcing the lockouts, the school system reported that all its students and staff were safe, adding that students will be released from the schools and buses will run on their normal schedule, though some may be slightly delayed. Officials said extra security would be present on the affected campuses.
After-school activities and sports practices would also continue as scheduled — except at Columbine, where they’re canceled for the day, the school said.
Since April 20, 1999, when two gunmen stormed Columbine, killed 13 people and wounded 24 more, threats of violence have become a painful fact of everyday life for the high school and the highly trained security team tasked with keeping …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World