(NEW YORK POST) — An 18-year-old woman “infatuated with Columbine” has traveled to Colorado — days before the 20th anniversary of the high school massacre — with the intent of buying firearms and possibly targeting a school, cops said Tuesday.
Sol Pais is believed to be somewhere in the Denver-Littleton area, with cops considering her “armed and extremely dangerous.”
“Last night [Pais] traveled to Colorado and made threats in the Denver metropolitan area,” wrote the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in a press release. “She is a white female, 18 years old, approximately 5’5″ in height, with brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants, and black boots.”
The FBI and local law enforcement placed lockdowns and lockouts — where the doors are secured, but classes continue — at Columbine and other Denver-area schools on Tuesday as a result of Pais’ presence. Students were reportedly guarded by armed officers as they were dismissed.
“Everyone is safe,” said Jeffco Schools spokeswoman Diana Wilson.
An analysis of lockout and lockdown data, which was conducted by the Denver Post and published Tuesday ahead of the Pais alert, found that threats have been increasing in the years leading up to the 20th anniversary of Columbine.
In the 18 school districts that the Post studied, lockouts and lockdowns increased by more than 50 percent between 2016 and 2018.
“It’s become as routine as fire drills,” explained Melissa Craven, director of emergency management at Denver Public Schools, which reported 220 lockouts last year, the most among the districts.
“We don’t have many students that have started their academic career with us who aren’t used to lockdowns,” she said. “I don’t know if that says anything good about our society.”