Authorities respond to 'credible threat' at Columbine High and other schools

Two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999. Full Credit: Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff/

(CNN) - Authorities were investigating what appears to be a "credible threat" at Columbine High School and nearly 20 other schools, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado said Tuesday.

All Denver area schools were advised to conduct a "lockout" and controlled release according to a later tweet from the Colorado Department of Education.

The precautions came after the FBI identified an individual that has made a credible threat to schools, the tweet said.

Jefferson County school officials tweeted that all students and staff are safe and students will be released on a normal schedule.

"We will have extra safety and security staff on site at all schools affected," Jefferson County Public Schools said.

Columbine High in Littleton and several schools in the area were earlier placed on a "lockout," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tweeted. Threats were not directed to a specific school, according to sheriff's spokesperson Mike Taplin.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff's spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat.

Aurora Public Schools, east of Denver, said all of its schools were "placed in secure perimeter." City police have provided extra security as students were being released, the district tweeted. "We have no info about a specific threat related to any schools in APS."

Nearly 20 years ago, two students, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, killed 12 students and one teacher in a mass shooting at Columbine. The two shooters took their lives in the school's library.

Return for updates. This story is developing.

CNN's Darran Simon contributed to this report.

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