Denver-area schools are not taking any chances. Nearly 20 districts canceled classes on Wednesday, April 17, after 18-year-old Sol Pais made what law enforcement called “credible threats” against the area’s schools. They also say that the high-school senior from Florida is “infatuated” with the Columbine massacre.
Thirteen people were killed in the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School. Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific event.
Law enforcement say Pais is considered “extremely dangerous,” and according to the FBI, she purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammo after arriving in Colorado Monday. Per USA Today, the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force also said law enforcement should detain her and give her a mental health evaluation.
“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,” said Dean Phillips, who is the agent heading Denver’s FBI office.
“This has become a massive manhunt,” he said during a news conference Tuesday night.
According to CNN, Phillips also noted that law enforcement on both the federal and state level are working on appropriate charges, though there may not yet be enough to arrest Pais.
Phillips said the 18-year-old was last spotted in the foothills of Jefferson County, near Columbine. She is about 5-foot-5 and was wearing camouflage pants, black boots, and a black T-shirt.