Columbine High School, the scene of the 1999 mass shooting that killed a teacher and 12 students, was placed on lockout Thursday after telephone threats were made to the school.
According to officials, threats were made around 10 a.m. local time, and the school was locked down for several hours while police investigated the scene. This measure prevented anyone from entering or leaving the school and increased police presence on campus. Much to the students’ disappointment, classes remained in session.
After several hours of searching, the threats were determined to be neither credible nor local, and everything was back to business as normal.
But this is the part that gets me -- Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer said that threats to Columbine High School are not uncommon.
Does this make anyone else mad? Nearly 15 years ago, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold stormed through the school shooting at classmates before they turned the guns on themselves. Our entire nation grieved the massacre, and it was one of the most notorious mass shootings until Adam Lanza opened fire on first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary just over a year ago.
False threats are sick and wrong in general, but to do it to a school that has been through such a tragedy already is a special kind of messed up.
Does it surprise you to know threats to Columbine are not unusual?
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