Lockout at 8 schools in Columbine area ends

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Sheriff's Office says phone threats neither 'local or credible'

By Ramsey Scott

A lockout at eight South Jeffco schools, including Columbine High School, has ended, according to a tweet from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

The schools went into lockout after several threats were phoned in to Columbine, but the Sheriff's Office determined later that the threats were neither "local or credible."

The Columbine school office received three telephoned threats, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. The first call came in at 10 a.m., and two subsequent calls were received shortly after, Kelley said.

Kelley would not comment on the nature of the threats. According to the Sheriff's Office's Twitter account, the threats were found to not be credible. 

Under a lockout, activities within a school proceed as normal but no one can enter or leave.

The Jeffco school district said in a tweet that students and faculty were safe. Besides Columbine, affected schools were Columbine Hills Elementary, Dutch Creek Elementary, Governor's Ranch Elementary, Leawood Elementary, Normandy Elementary, Blue Heron Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School.

Sheriff’s deputies were at Columbine High Thursday morning and afternoon conducting an investigation.

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