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Threats to shoot, blow up Columbine High School traced to Victorville teen

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Authorities investigating a report of a threat to shoot up and blow up Columbine High School in Colorado, traced the alleged threat back to a teen in Victorville, officials said.

Columbine High School made national headlines 20 years ago when senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before they both committed suicide. Making it one of the deadliest shootings in modern US history.

On Wednesday, April 23, 2019, deputies from the Victorville Police Department were requested to assist the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department.

Officials said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a recent threat against Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado. 

“Their investigation revealed the IP address for the phone used to make the threats and it was tracked to a residence on Buckthorn Court in Victorville,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Deputy Z. Pritchett and Deputy M. Johnson went to the residence and talked to the family.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “they learned a 14-year old boy that lives at the home was the suspect that made the call to Columbine, threatening to shoot up the school and blow it up. Deputies also learned the suspect may have called FBI headquarters and made false reports of a homicide and hostage situation. The suspect reportedly made the calls so he could join an on-line gaming clan and had no intention of carrying out the threats.”

The report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration. No further information is available regarding the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation or any investigation by the FBI.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Z. Pritchett or Deputy M. Johnson at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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