DENVER — Several Colorado high schools were the subjects of unfounded threats, prank calls and "swatting" calls Monday afternoon.
No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, and law enforcement is still investigating how, if at all, they were related to each other.
The FBI Denver Field Office said they are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incidents.
"The FBI takes swatting very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk and drains law enforcement resources," the office said.
Police responded to Denver East High School after a threat was reported just before 2 p.m. Monday. The school was put on lockdown and students were evacuated as police cleared the school. Police cleared the building and students were released around 3:30 p.m.
“It’s hard. It’s really hard. I want to go and hug him," said Maria Rivera Cervantes, waiting for her 10th grader during the lockdown. "He’s my only son, so it’s hard. I want to touch him and know he’s okay...but I can’t. They’re not letting me through. And it’s just sad and scary at the same time."
Denver Police Department Division Chief Ron Thomas said they're still investigating the source of the call, but they believe it came from outside the building. He said if the person who made the call is caught, they could face local or federal charges.
Police responded to Alamosa High School in southern Colorado based on an "unfounded threat felt to be a prank call," the city of Alamosa said.
In western Colorado, Montrose High School was also put on lockdown after an "unfounded threat felt to be a prank call," the school said on its website.
Delta and Cedaredge high schools in Delta County received similar calls around the same time, the Delta Police Department said.
Colorado Springs police also said they received a "swatting" call about a local school. They "quickly identified that the call was a hoax" and no students or staff were in danger.
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