The Thompson School District has closed all schools on Wednesday, as did other school districts in the state, at the request of state and federal law enforcement because of a “credible” threat made to Denver-area schools Tuesday.School District spokesman Michael Hausmann sent an email to families within the district about 12:20 a.m., explaining that all schools, sports and activities are canceled “due to the ongoing safety concern that was communicated earlier today.” FBI agents and other law enforcement officers are looking for an 18-year-old who is “infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting, known to be armed and believed to be in the Denver area; Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting.The email from Hausmann informs parents that superintendents from school districts across the Denver metro area gathered for a call Tuesday night and “collectively determined” that the safest thing was to close the schools after hearing information provided by law enforcement and threat assessment experts. “Based on the fact that the FBI have identified a person who represents a credible threat and her whereabouts are unknown at this time, the districts agreed that it was best to exercise extreme caution and close schools for the day,” the email states.
Dr. Marc Schaffer, superintendent of Thompson Schools, decided to close schools in Loveland, too, according to the email that was released early Wednesday morning.
The Poudre School District in Fort Collins and St. Vrain School District in Longmont also closed, their websites stateThe closure comes a day after Denver area officials locked down schools as law enforcement hunted for 18-year-old Sol Pais, who had traveled to Colorado the night before, made threats and was considered armed and “extremely dangerous,” according to a story by the Denver Post. Pais was believed to be in the Denver-Littleton area after purchasing a pump-action shotgun as well as ammunition after leaving Denver International Airport, said Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI office, during a Tuesday night news conference, according to the Denver Post.“This has become a massive manhunt,” Phillips said.Pamela Johnson: 970-699-5405, firstname.lastname@example.org