BREAKING: Columbine area schools are in lockout. All students & staff are safe.Police are investigating threat at Columbine High.
— KKTV 11 News (@kktv11news) January 23, 2014
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and the schools in the surrounding area are on lockout after reports of a threat at the school made famous by the 1999 autrocity carried out by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. On April 24 1999, the two teen student gunmen killed 12 people at the school and injured another 24.
This is a breaking story so please stay tuned for updates.
Here's what we know so far:
1. Students & Staff Are Safe
There are no reports of any injuries. The county school board were keen to stress that both staff and students were safe and accounted for.
2. The County Has Locked Out 8 Schools
Schools on lockout: Columbine Hills, Dutch Creek, Governor's Ranch,Leawood, Normandy Elementaries,KenCarylMiddle, Columbine High
— Jeffco PublicSchools (@JeffcoSchoolsCo) January 23, 2014
In total, eight schools in the area are on lockout.
3. The Threat Was Made Via Phone Call
@gatordunn270 phone threats were received. Precautionary response.
— Jeffcosheriffco (@jeffcosheriffco) January 23, 2014
The call for the lockout came just after noon today. When school officials received a phone threat.
4. Lockouts Are Different From Lockdowns
A lockout forbids any entry to a building but allows operations within the building to go on as normal, according to a release from the Jefferson County Public Schools.
5. A Full Investigation is Unverway
Cops are on scene at all schools investigating a possible threat.