18-year-old Sol Pais inspired a state-wide manhunt when it was revealed that she might try to emulate the Columbine shootings. Days later she has been found, but it’s only raising more questions.
Pais hails from Miami, Florida but gained international attention when she made “credible threats” towards schools in Denver, Colorado four days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
Police reported that Pais flew to Colorado early in the week and stopped to purchase a pump-action shotgun as well as ammunition.
This led to many schools to shut down out of safety concerns that she might be planning an attack.
However the story grew more bizarre when the body of Pias was found with the cause of death appearing to be suicide from self inflicted gun shot wound.
This has done little though to comfort the community that continues to live on edge after the tragedy.
“The shadow of Columbine looms pretty large,” said John McDonald, executive director of school safety for Jefferson County. “When this threat came in — we’re used to threats, frankly, at Columbine. This one felt different.”
Dean Phillips, FBI special agent in charge of the Denver field office, echoed that sentiment during a press conference saying, “Because of her comments and her actions, because of her travel here to the state, because of her procurement of a weapon immediately upon arriving here, we considered her to be a credible threat — certainly to the community and potentially to schools.”
McDonald further slammed those that seek to romanticize the shooting declaring that, “Columbine continues to attract people from around the world,” but, “We’re not a place to come visit if you’re not a student. We’re not a tourist attraction. And we’re not a place for you to come and gain inspiration.”