Colorado schools reopen after Columbine lockdown, manhunt

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Dozens of schools in Colorado, including Columbine High School, planned to reopen Thursday following a lockdown earlier this week prompted by a “credible” threat of violence, the Associated Press reported.

The Denver-area schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday because of a “credible” threat of violence, authorities said at the time. The lockdown came just days before the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

Authorities launched a “massive manhunt” on Tuesday for the suspect who allegedly flew from Miami to Colorado because she was “infatuated” with the Columbine shooting.{mosads}

On Wednesday, the suspect, an 18-year-old woman, was found dead. Authorities had previously described the woman, Sol Pais, as “armed” and “extremely dangerous.”

Authorities said an investigation into Pais is ongoing as they work to determine whether she acted alone, the AP reported. Authorities have also said the woman purchased a gun before she was found following the manhunt.

John McDonald, the security chief for Jefferson County school system, which includes Columbine, told the AP that the school is “used to threats” but added that “this one felt different.”

“We’re used to threats, frankly, at Columbine,” McDonald said. “This one felt different. It was different. It certainly had our attention.”

On April 20, 1999, 12 students and a teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Colorado by two students who later killed themselves.

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