/FBI hunts armed and dangerous teenager infatuated with Columbine massacre

FBI hunts armed and dangerous teenager infatuated with Columbine massacre

Updated

April 17, 2019 11:19:14

Authorities are hunting an “armed and dangerous” teenager suspected of making threats against Columbine High School, just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed 13 people.

Key points:

  • Sol Pais travelled to Colorado and allegedly made threats against a number of schools
  • The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said releasing further information could compromise the investigation
  • The alert comes four days before the 20th anniversary of the April 1999 massacre at Columbine

The undisclosed threats led Columbine and several other high schools outside Denver to lock their doors for nearly three hours.

All students were safe, school officials said.

The suspect, 18-year-old Sol Pais, travelled to Colorado on Monday night (local time) and has tried to buy firearms, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice describing the teenager as “infatuated with [the] Columbine school shooting”.

The alert said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.

Ms Pais was last seen in the foothills west of Denver and is considered “armed and dangerous” and should not be approached.

She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots.

Officials did not provide further details about the threats or say where she was from.

The doors were locked at Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff’s office said it was investigating threats against schools related to an FBI investigation.

Students left classes on time, but after-school activities were cancelled.

The alert came four days before the 20th anniversary of the April 1999 Columbine massacre, which saw two heavily armed students storm the school and kill 12 classmates and a teacher.

Security alerts and safety drills have become commonplace in public schools across the United States in the years since the Columbine shooting as campus gun violence has grown more frequent.

AP/Reuters

Topics:

education,

schools,

public-schools,

community-and-society,

death,

united-states

First posted

April 17, 2019 10:33:16