Schools in at least seven Colorado districts went on temporary lockdown early Wednesday after receiving threats from unidentified sources, officials said. It remains unclear if the threats were a part of a coordinated effort.
The list of impacted districts spanned across the state, from Boulder High School to an elementary school in Aspen. No injuries were reported. Some lockdowns were lifted in a matter of minutes.
So far none of the threats have been deemed credible, according to Colorado’s statewide Office of Emergency Management.
“Our State Watch Center staff continue to monitor and communicate with local law enforcement to coordinate information related to today's school incidents,” the office said.
Here’s what we know about the large number of school safety incidents on Wednesday.
The Alamosa School District placed Ortega Middle School on lockdown after the local police dispatch center received a call from an “unknown number” at 8:24 a.m., according to a district statement on Facebook.
The caller reported “a threat of an armed individual at Ortega Middle School,” the statement said.
Alamosa Police responded to school grounds. The district placed all other schools in the district on a security hold while police investigated.
The lockdown at Ortega Middle School was lifted “within five minutes, and all schools were placed on hold,” the district’s statement said.
“The response of our staff, students, and the Alamosa Police Department was swift and prompt,” said Superintendent Diana Jones.
The Aspen Police Department and other local agencies responded to “unconfirmed reports” of shots fired at Aspen Elementary School early Wednesday morning, according to a statement posted on the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Facebook page shortly before 10 a.m.
The district placed all schools in the district on lockdown. Officers went through the elementary school and cleared the building, according to another Facebook post shared 15 minutes later from the sheriff’s office.
“Officers are now going through all Aspen School District schools to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” the statement said.
The district released all students from classes for the day and posted reunification information on its website.
The Boulder Police Department responded to reports of an active shooter at Boulder High School early Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from the department.
The school and its surrounding area, less than a mile away from Pearl Street, were placed on lockdown and students were evacuated.
The Brighton Police Department received a “threatening call” from an unknown person regarding Brighton High School Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from the department. Officers responded and all schools in the district were placed on lockdown.
Roughly an hour later, police lifted the lockdown after they found “NO credible threat,” according to a department tweet.
Police deemed a threat against Cañon City High School a “false report.” The campus was under lockdown Wednesday morning, as officers swept classrooms. The department responded with help from the Colorado State Patrol and the Fremont County Sheriff’s office.
"We are leaning toward the idea that this is a hoax, and that it's one of many that are happening in the state on this very day,” said Cañon City Schools Superintendent Adam Hartman. “The truth is you always have to respond as if it's something is real. Because the sad reality is these types of events are taking place in America.”
The Durango Police Department said it received a “threatening phone call” about Durango High School early Wednesday morning and placed the school on lockdown shortly after, according to a statement from the department posted on Facebook.
After arriving at the school, officers did not locate a threat.
The caller, who the department did not identify, said there was an “armed suspect approaching the campus,” according to a statement the district posted on Facebook.
Both the school district and the police department said the threat was possibly connected to others across the state on Wednesday.
“DPD has received information that these types of threats are occurring across the state and possibly the nation,” the police department said.
In southeastern Colorado, Lamar’s Parkview Elementary School went on lockdown for 15 minutes, according to District RE-2.
Following a report that a student had a handgun in their bag, a search “resulted in the confiscation of a firearm facsimile (copy of a real firearm.” Officials then deemed the school “safe.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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