School systems in the Denver area are telling students to stay home today because of the threat posed by an 18-year-old Florida woman. Nearly a dozen school districts in Jefferson County have announced they will be closed and more are expected to do so as police continue to search for Sol Pais [pi-EE-ss].
The FBI says the woman expressed an infatuation with the Columbine school shooting and traveled to Denver from Miami. She reportedly bought a shotgun and ammunition soon after arriving in Colorado. According to Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips, the FBI received information from the agency’s office in Miami and say she was last seen in the foothills.
Why Denver? In the past, Pais has expressed an infatuation with the Columbine school shooting that took place 20 years ago this weekend. And while local officials say they’ve dealt with a number of people similarly fascinated with Columbine – this situation is different. Still, Phillips says there is no specific threat to any one school – and the FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Pais. They remind people that she is armed and considered dangerous and they should not approach her.