SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of public schools in Denver and about 20 other local Colorado school districts were closed on Wednesday as authorities searched for a teen believed to be a threat to those schools, CNN reports.
Why? Authorities were searching for a Florida high school senior who was reportedly armed and “infatuated” with the Columbine massacre, which shocked the country and Colorado nearly 20 years ago, according to CNN. The scare happened just days before the anniversary.
CBS News reports that the teen is dead. Investigators found the teen near Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, according to CBS News.
Federal and local officials were looking for Sol Pais, an 18-year-old high school student from Florida who had made “credible” threats after she reportedly traveled from Miami to Denver on Monday, according to CNN.
She reportedly arrived in Colorado, went to a store and bought a pump-action shotgun with ammunition, according to The New York Times.
Dean Phillips, the special agent in charge of the Denver FBI office, told CNN that Pais was considered a threat to the community and schools.1 comment on this story
- “She was then taken to an area where she was last seen out toward the foothills,” Phillips said, according to The New York Times.
- “Her comments, her actions that we have heard about from others tend to cause us great concern that she may pose a threat to a school,” he said.
Miami Beach students said they were surprised to hear about Pais’ reported behavior since she has been enrolled in AP and honor classes.
- “She didn’t seem any type of way,” said Jusitn Norris, a senior, according to The Miami Herald. “She was just bad at starting conversations.”
Eliana Donaire said she was a classmate in AP classes.
- “She was very quiet,” said Donaire, a 17-year-old senior. “I would usually see her doing homework … she didn’t seem weird.”