Students kept inside at Columbine school following threat

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Students at Columbine High School and nearby suburban Denver schools are being kept inside because of a threat against Columbine that has drawn a large police response.

A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Mike Taplin, said that a person called Thursday morning, claiming to have placed explosive devices in the school and to be hiding outside with a gun.

Taplin says nothing to validate the threat was found at the school, where 12 students and a teacher were killed by two students in 1999.

He says the school receives many threats annually and that the police response was appropriate.

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The school district says all doors are locked at the schools but that classes are continuing normally.

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