Columbine High evacuated after bomb threat; no explosives found
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) ” Columbine High School was evacuated Thursday, about six weeks before the eighth anniversary of the 1999 massacre, after officials received at least one telephone bomb threat.
No bomb was found and no arrests were made, Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. A bomb squad, other deputies and two sniffer dogs searched the school and grounds for more than three hours, she said.
Columbine was closed for the rest of the day after the evacuation but school officials said classes would resume Friday.
Kelley said she believed more than one threat was called in to the school beginning at 9:30 a.m. She did not know whether the caller made reference to the April 20, 1999, attack by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who shot and killed 13 people before taking their own lives.
The school has about 1,850 students, said Marlene Desmond, spokeswoman for Jefferson County Schools.
The threat was being handled the same as other threats elsewhere, Kelley said.
“Most of the threats that have been associated to that school made reference to past events that occurred there,” Kelley said. “But a bomb threat to a school is as serious at any school as it is at Columbine.”
It was at least the 10th threat of violence against the school or its students since the 1999 killings and at least the second time a threat has prompted the school to send students home.
At least six people, most of them from other states, have been arrested on charges of making telephone or email threats involving the school.
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