Schools in the Denver area on heightened alert

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A massive manhunt is underway in Denver, Colorado, after woman made undisclosed threats directed at local schools.

Schools in the Denver area are on heightened alert after authorities said a woman, who is “infatuated” with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, made threats as the country prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people.

Authorities are looking for Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors.

All schools in the Denver area 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.

Some schools released their students after additional security was called in and cancelled evening activities or moved them inside.

Pais travelled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. She was last seen in the foothills west of Denver, was considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached.

Via Colorado Public Radio

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