It’s been nearly 20 years since 2 troubled young men planned and carried out one of the most horrifying events to ever take place inside a school.
And now, two decades later, Columbine is in the news once again.
Authorities have reported that a massive manhunt is underway to catch a woman who police say is obsessed with the 1999 massacre that took the lives of 13.
18-year-old Sol Pais was identified as the suspect who allegedly made undisclosed threats regarding the school. She is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Sol Pais is armed and dangerous. We are operating out of an abundance of caution. The threat is not isolated to one school or individual. Federal, state, and local law enforcement are working together to keep our community safe. Tip Line: 303-630-6227. Media Line: 303-630-6427. pic.twitter.com/KENVT1kEK3
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) April 17, 2019
Columbine was just one of more than 20 schools to lock its doors for student and faculty safety on Tuesday. CBS News reported that, “All schools in the Denver vicinity were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed “credible and general,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.”
Pais is a senior at Miami Beach High School. She reportedly traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday, where she bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. A sheriff’s spokesperson noted that Pais’s threats were generic and not made specific to any particular school. Pais has apparently made comments that were ‘concerning’ in the past.
Authorities have warned that the suspect was last seen in the foothills west of Denver and on should not be approached under any circumstances.
Major anniversaries surrounding events such as these usually call for heightened security.
“This has become a massive manhunt … and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort,” said Dean Phillips, the special agent in charge of the Denver office of the FBI.
Pais’s mental health needs to be evaluated when she is apprehended, said an alert regarding the teenager. Her family is pleading with her to surrender.
“She can, please, come home. I think she’s going to be OK,” a man who claimed to be her father said.
“It’s like a bad dream. We don’t know. We don’t have any ideas,” he said. “I think that maybe she has a mental problem.” Following the lockdown, after school activities were cancelled and students returned to their homes safely.
Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you up-to-the-minute updates as more information becomes available.