Skip to main content

tv   Outnumbered Overtime With Harris Faulkner  FOX News  April 17, 2019 10:00am-11:00am PDT

10:00 am
colorado didn't go to school today because all of the schools were closed. because this was considered such a credible threat. i can tell you, i was there on april 20th, 1999 at columbine high school when the massacre took place. every year since as we get closer to april 20th, there's threats on columbine high school and in the schools in the denver metro area. that is something that we've been accustomed to. so yesterday when we heard there were threats, didn't come as a surprise. the past 20 years, we've heard that. then things started to change. more information was coming in from the jefferson county sheriff's office, the jefferson county schools. then from the fbi. when the fbi put up her photo and explained this was a credible threat and the recommendation that the schools in the area go on lockout, that was significant. everything started to change. as you know, there this was massive man hunt underway
10:01 am
between federal, state and local authorities here. i have kids in the denver metro school area. they were very worried. my niece that goes to a school about an hour from here, she was scared to have her mom go to work. so it's hard to overemphasize the impact that this has on the community here in colorado. >> harris: i'm so glad you have the detail of the percentage, 60% of public schools across the state were closed today. you know, police had said an abundance of caution. we know there were specific things that people were being told to do if they saw this woman. thank you. i'll come back to you as the news warrants. i want to bring in bill gavin, a former assistant director of the fbi here and in new york. this is key. he was a former chief executive of the fbi in miami and denver.
10:02 am
bill, you're with me? >> yes, i am. >> harris: all right. i'm getting this detail from the associated press. i know part of the fbi would be looking at a profile of someone that they were looking for. we're now being told as reporting from a.p. that the woman authorities allege was obsessed with the columbine mass shooting, described as quiet and intelligent. would that have had to do anything with the credibility of what the police looked at and said yeah, this is real? >> harris, you're on target. probably what happened is law enforcement has more information than they released. the credible threat had to do with what she said probably to her friends or online, social media someplace. that's how they pick up on it. in this particular case, when she goes -- when they have her going from miami to denver, you know down right well they have
10:03 am
her on camera in miami airport and denver airport. how did they get her to the foothills where they spotted her? no doubt she went ee eed -- ren car. seems that they have this well-covered but they have had to alert everybody for protection. it's a highly emotional situation in denver right now. maybe this will take the edge off of the people. sounds like probably they traced her through a motor vehicle to the mount evans area to the foothills. it sounds like she took her own life at this point. >> harris: we don't have any confirmation of how she died. this is 60 miles southwest of denver. you mentioned mount evans where we first got reports that i reported on "outnumbered" that there was increased investigative activity. now we know it's a popular recreation area outside of
10:04 am
denver. this is where, as you pointed out, she is deceased. so i want to ask you about what the other schools would have been told. our reporters have said 60%, hundreds of schools in the state of colorado shut down as cautionary perhaps, but parents being told exactly what to do in case they ran into this woman. what does that tell you about the capability that she may have had? >> i think once the authorities knew -- that's why i say, harris, there was a lot more information that law enforcement had about what her plans might have been and how treacherous she might have been and able to carry them out because of her intelligence. sounds like she had psychological problems as well. with that said, and she has the ability to do something like this, all the schools need to be notified, parents need to be notified. it appears that everybody did the right thing in the colorado school districts to keep the kids at home. if you're doing to make a
10:05 am
mistake, maybe it in favor of something good happening, not bad. that's what happened here. >> harris: how do that i classify this? >> harris, i was i thinking about that. i don't know what crime prosecutable crime they may have had concerning this woman. domestic terrorism perhaps? that might be something that they could fit her actions into. there was no process outstanding on her from what i understand. there was no arrest warrant for her. so it's a very delicate situation. unfortunately it ended this way. if she were going to do something extreme, it's fortunate that it ended this way. >> harris: i'm reading notice here, the gun store may have had cameras that offered them a fresh picture as she was moving about. >> i think they probably did. they had her at the airport, the gun store. probably picked up how she was dressed with the camouflage
10:06 am
t-shirt and the black pants and boots. a 18-year-old picking up a pump shotgun with ammunition in the state of colorado, there's a question mark for me, but that's okay out there. i don't know at this particular point in time. somebody will look into that. >> harris: they'll look at what was in the system. it's interesting. you talk about the wider web of communication that she may have had and them talking to everybody in her constellation, both miami and denver. my mind immediately goes to those families at columbine. i realize that, you know, we missed danger again today. we missed a connection point by what police say was someone infatuated with a mass shooting and may have been trying to carry one off. we don't know. and the pain and the loss that the community in denver has suffered. as we come across that 20th
10:07 am
anniversary or marking point of the mass shooting at columbine, i have to ask this question. why didn't they as the long list of other schools and places where these things have happened looked at maybe turning this into a memorial where it's not such a target anymore? i'm just curious to know. i don't have anyway knowing what the conversations were till this point. i know at one point the library at the school was looked at in terms of being a memorial. what are your just fbi thoughts on that? does that help as a society or not? >> harris, you can look at it as a dilemma here. one thing you look at is maybe as in other instances they raise the school and build a new one and change the name of the school. sandy hook. yeah. or change the name of the school. that is going to depend upon the people, the authorities and whatnot at that particular point
10:08 am
in time. there's something to be said that any time anything like this happens, whether they change the name of the school -- it picks a scab every time it happened. these poor people have to live through it all over again. one thing to be said. change the name of the school so it's no longer columbine. another group will say they're not going to scare us out of the naming of our school and our pride and our community and we're going to keep the name. you're caught on those horns. >> harris: the reason i ask it too has to do with the reporting that alicia acuna just did with us. that is how every year at this time -- i mean, she lives there. every year leading up to the anniversary of the mass shooting, there's this fear. then that's compounded by actual threats that come in. so the question begins, how do you stop that process from
10:09 am
happening? in today's world where you're shutting down schools and getting digital information out there. i wonder how as fbi you look at this. >> as long as we have the ability -- i say "we" in terms of community. communities have the ability, along with the ability on computers, social media, as long as that increases, gets better, talking to each other, you'll see something like this every single year. somebody is going to do something foolish because we have foolish people. i don't know of anyway to stop that other than if somebody finds out and hears somebody talking like that, they report it to law enforcement. other than that, human nature is a wonderful thing and just a horrible thing when it turns bad like this. >> harris: well, 18-year-old sol pais is dead. they found her outside denver, about 60 miles. her threats were credible.
10:10 am
bill gavin, you were fbi executive chief in that area in denver and miami where she came from. i appreciate your expertise. we're going to bring back alicia acuna. >> the school district was planning to have a news conference at 1:30 eastern time. they just sent out another notice that they'll have the news conference but in addition to school official there's, they'll have a school safety director and the jefferson county sheriff. so a lot of questions regarding this investigation will hopefully be answered at this point or some of the beginning questions that we've had. that's coming up in 20 minutes, harris. we do have our fox affiliate and another crew on the way. >> harris: i just shared with bill gavin from the fbi, that you're very familiar as a mom in
10:11 am
that area. i'm curious to know, what was the message that was put out to all of the schools? when you have 60%, hundreds of schools in that state closing down. >> it was a little unclear at first as a parent. this all started with columbine high school and the areas -- the schools around the area. and then it came down -- word came from the department of education here in colorado that other schools no low cute. any children go to denver public schools. it's the largest district in the state of colorado. i couldn't get ahold of them. i talked to my daughter. she's at a high school in the middle of the city. she said kids were brought into the high school. she was doing something inside the school. they had to wait there to either be checked out by parents or to be walked to their cars or to their parent's cars by officers that were now present at the
10:12 am
school. so the district i can speak, they sent out security officers, police officers on site. a little frightening as a parent even though i've seen this so many times as a reporter. you don't get used to this. they did the best they could. they communicated as the district that they were working through the night with the department of education. had a meeting at 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. here trying to decide what all of the schools would do. you're talking about 580,000 plus students. all of these districts are all working together with the department of education, the fbi and the sheriff's department trying to figure out how to handle this threat. this is something that schools here have dealt with. we talk about lockdowns and lockouts. those were borne out of the columbine massacre. they're still being used today. my kids could sit here and tell you, any kids could tell you how this works, a lockout happens
10:13 am
when there's a danger outside of the school. they keep the students inside and lock the doors and everything continues as normal. a lockdown is much more serious. that's when the threat is inside the school. each district has their own checklist of items that the students need to do and the staff inside needs to do to protect themselves from that threat. harris? >> harris: it is very enriching to get your experience as a reporter and to have all of those details and also as a parent because the only inroad that was had in terms of what was communicated to the parents of the 580,000 students at those schools shutting down across the state of colorado was that we knew that you had been told something. now we have the timeline before dawn, between 1:30 and 3:30, officials were trying to figure out what to do before they let the young ones go to school so they'll know a credible threat
10:14 am
was armed and out there obsessed ready to target something. alicia, thank you. we'll come back as the news warrants as well. that news conference is coming up in denver and we'll cover it live here on fox news. stay with us. hey, who are you? oh, hey jeff, i'm a car thief... what?! i'm here to steal your car because, well, that's my job.
10:15 am
what? what?? what?! (laughing) what?? what?! what?! [crash] what?! haha, it happens. and if you've got cut-rate car insurance, paying for this could feel like getting robbed twice. so get allstate... and be better protected from mayhem... like me. ♪
10:16 am
our mission is to provide complete, balanced nutrition for strength and energy! whoo-hoo! great-tasting ensure. with nine grams of protein and twenty-six vitamins and minerals.
10:17 am
ensure, for strength and energy.
10:18 am
>> harris: the fbi in denver have spared potential death and danger today. they knew of a credible series of threats from sol pais. they knew she traveled from miami to denver. they knew she was infatuated
10:19 am
with the shooting at columbine high school. in the middle of the night, we learned from alicia acuna that they were trying to decide what to do with the largest public school system in the state and beyond. they made the decision to shut down 60% of the public schools in the state of colorado. 580,000 students affected by this. they did so because they weren't sure what this would -- what this would would do. she was armed. she bought ammunition and a weapon after she landed in the denver area. and they were looking for her. they found her body a short time ago in an area called mount evans, about 60 miles outside the denver area. it's a recreational area. as we learned more details on what the city apparently has dodged today because of great police work and the fbi, we'll bring it to you. a news conference is coming up at 1:30. we'll cover it.
10:20 am
as the 2020 race is heating up, president trump is predicted vermont senator bernie sanders and joe biden who has yet to officially declare he's running will be the last two people standing in the democratic primary. here's what the president tweeted. i believe it will be crazy bernie sanders versus sleepy joe biden as the two finalists that run against the best economy in our country and many other great things. i look forward to facing whoever it may be. may god rest their soul! one of the 2020 candidates the president did not mention is former maryland congressman john delaney. he was the first democrat to announce a white house bid way back in july of 2017. what has he been doing since then and how will he take on donald trump, the president. good to seat you. good to meet you. >> thanks for having me. >> so what's happened since july 2017? you've seen other burst on the scene. how do go from 100% recognition
10:21 am
with a guy like bernie sanders or joe biden to you? >> well, look, the race is wide open. the first caucus goer went go to cast their vote in iowa for ten months. new hampshire, they won't primary for 11 months. the race is wide open. it's a big field. i think we'll have a great debate and our campaign is doing a great. we have a big operation on the ground in iowa. we have eight offices. i've been endorsed by four county chairs in iowa. none of the other candidates have any endorsements by county chairs. we have a great operation on the ground. in new hampshire, i'm the kind of candidate the party needs to put forth the beat the president. >> harris: are you going to use democratic socialism to beat the president? he's ready for the green new deal. not to mentioned that bernie sanders owns the platform.
10:22 am
>> i believe not a socialist. i'm a capitalist. i also believe in strong social programs. that is the model of our country. office entrepreneur before i ran for congress. i started two businesses. i took them public on the new york stock exchange. i was the youngest ceo on the new york stock exchange when i took my first company public. i understand the power of the free markets. this has to be a country of opportunity and responsibility and do things to make sure young people have a shot. >> harris: i was just in iowa. i love it. great people. so what they do know is they know what they want and what they don't want. socialism is not popular. among democrats, there seems to be curiosity about medicare for all. where do you fall on those issues. you may not consider a socialist but those issues being in the box of socialism? >> i think everybody should have
10:23 am
healthcare in this country. >> harris: do you support medicare for all? >> i don't that's in the congress. >> harris: that's not an answer to the question. >> that's what it means. the medicare for all bill that everybody is referring to a bill in the congress. i favor a mixed model. a combination of government healthcare and private insurance creating a system that works together to ensure healthcare for every american. >> harris: john delaney a name that a lot of people don't know. what are you going to do within your own party? you have a lot of diversity running as well. >> which is great. i don't know how many candidates are running now. 18, 19. who knows. the democratic primary represents the american people in many ways that is terrific. i think the party will elect the best leader that they think can the defeat the president and govern and bring this divided nation back together again. >> harris: so this president
10:24 am
thinks it's joe biden or bernie sanders. let's show you where john delaney is. he's in 11th place with 1% support. people in your own party, running against you. senator cory booker of new jersey caused such a kerfuffle saying you spent $11 million of your own money. cory booker went negative against you. headlines were like this. huge congrats to whoever the cory booker person was as their pick for which candidate would go negative on john delaney first. another headline here, has to do with exactly where you are in the race, right? the fact that this may actually lift you up. inside politics with a look at the booker delaney money tiff. getting you out there is name recognition. did you have a conversation with cory booker? >> no. i like senator booker. i don't know why he put out that release. doesn't matter to me. i'm focused on what i care
10:25 am
about. obviously people are concerned about our campaign if they mention it. we're in a good position. we have a terrific team and the right message. >> harris: you think you can beat donald trump? >> absolutely. >> harris: why? >> i think this race will be in the center. >> harris: you know he's a marketing genius. he does things that sticks. here's what really sticks. the economy. john, how do you run against an economy that is cooking more jobs than people can even get into? >> i'm happy that the economy is doing well in many respects. but it's not doing well for everyone. 50% of the american people can't afford a $500 expense. 80% of the venture capitol was invested in 50 counties almost out 3,100 counties. i'm happy unemployment is great. terrific the stock market is up. wonderful. when you go around iowa where you spent a bunch of time and look what's going on, you look at what the president is doing to agriculture, his trade war is
10:26 am
really hurting -- >> harris: i was with senator joni ernst. the jobs are hot. it will be interesting. john delaney, the first to jump in for the democrats. we haven't heard from you since july. >> great to be here. thank you. >> harris: thank you. let's get back to the news conference coming up. jefferson county specifically, authorities there want to fill the public in on something that they have known about since monday night when they first learned the woman on the right side of your screen was planning to travel from miami, florida to denver with some sort of specific threat that included columbine high school. this saturday will mark 20 years since the massacre there. every year they see threats. there was something different about this one. she's been found dead nearby, 60
10:27 am
miles away. all the details that they could bring us we'll have live. stay with me. we're oscar mayer deli fresh and you may know us from...
10:28 am
your very first sandwich, your mammoth masterpiece. and...whatever this was. because we make our meat with the good of the deli and no artificial preservatives. make every sandwich count with oscar mayer deli fresh.
10:29 am
10:30 am
i never thought i'd say this but i found bladder leak underwear that's actually pretty. always discreet boutique. hidden inside is a super absorbent core that quickly turns liquid to gel. so i feel protected and pretty. always discreet boutique. i was told to begin my aspirin regimen, blem. and i just didn't listen. until i almost lost my life. my doctors again ordered me to take aspirin, and i do. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. listen to the doctor. take it seriously.
10:31 am
>> harris: we're learning about the details of a woman they searched for to try to stop what they thought would be a killer on the loose. let's watch. >> there's obviously been a lot of hard work but a lot of people throughout the denver metro area. information that came in to the fbi that did create a significant amount of concern regarding what we believe is a credible threat or had been a credible threat. i me as many of you perhaps have already reported even, the fbi recently just confirmed that they have found miss pais
10:32 am
deceased from a seven inflicted gunshot wound. i expect details of the entire investigation a little later. our focus the last 24 hours has been how can we keep our kids safe in schools. a lot of ongoing conversation with our school safety partners in jefferson county public schools as well as law enforcement in denver and school strait with dr. glass being heavily involved in conversations throughout that process. obviously we are concerned to get kids back to school. so we're going to continue working with the school district, the school safety team to make sure that we can do that in a safe manner and that during this very important week to the
10:33 am
columbine community that those events are carried off in a safe manner as well. >> i'd like to first address the breaking news on this issue by saying that we're relieved the threat to our schools and community is no longer a problem. we want to express thank you for your vigilance and serving as guardians for the community's children. i also want to thank the staff for your professionalism and performance during this ongoing difficult period of time. i'm proud of you and i appreciate you. i'm also deeply greatful for support of the denver metro area superintendents and other state leaders. while jeffco was the center of this, it extended across the area and affected us all. while this threat is the most significant, it's not the only challenge facing our schools and our community in the days
10:34 am
leading up to the columbine anniversary. i appreciate our community's patience as we navigate these issues. i'm always inspired by the community's capacity for good in the face of unimaginable evil. looking ahead, we're planning on returning to normal school operations today with heightened safety and security procedures and ongoing vigilance in the days to come. the other events planned this weekend will continue as planned. thank you and i want to turn things over to our executive director of school security and safety, john mcdonald. >> thank you, dr. glass. the shadow of columbine looms pretty large here in jeffco as it does across the state and the country. for us, the partnership that we have with the sheriff's office is something pretty special. there's a lot of lessons learned in 1999. probably the biggest lesson was
10:35 am
breaking down the silos. the ability to train together, to work together to constantly communicate to keep our 86,000 kids safe across this district is a foundational aspect of what we do. when this threat came in, we are used to threats, frankly, at columbine. this one felt different, it was different. certainly had our attention. we base our decisions based on the best intel we have at the time. to close an entire metro area is not an easy decision. but at the end of the day, it's the right decision, the best decision to protect our kids. to me that's critical important to everything that we do. a student that isn't safe in school is not a well-educated student. they can't study and can't stay
10:36 am
the test. we're blessed to have school resource offices that are helping us protect our kids each and every day in jeffco. i'm very thankful that this threat is over and we can get back to the business of learning. we know that columbine continues to attract people from around the world. if i have any message we're a place to visit if you're not a student. if you don't have business there, we're not a tourist attraction and we're not a place for you to come and gain inspiration. thank you. >> thank you, gentlemen. now we'll open it up to questions. >> can you describe the circumstances surrounding the death of miss pais? were agents involved in shooting her or -- >> i don't have that
10:37 am
information. but i believe she was found on a search. again, the fbi will be doing a more comprehensive briefing. they're currently processing the scene where her body was found to determine all of the factors that would lead to those conclusions. i don't know if she was -- i don't believe they were in active pursuit at the time she was found. we'll confirm that and the details surrounding that. >> [question inaudible] >> well, we've had staff on the rocky mountain safe streets task force that have been actively involved. we've had people in the command post during the course of the last 24 hours to aid in that investigation. we've had plenty of staff that have been boots on the ground searching different areas. everything that i've heard in
10:38 am
briefings does not indicate that she had any assistance or friends in the area. just a fascination with the columbine area and horrendous crime that went on there 20 years ago. >> [question inaudible] >> well, for me, i'm looking at scoot shooters and the history of what we've seen the last 20 years. there's some real indicator that's we look at. the fact that she was committed, purchased a plane ticket, not only that, but made that journey, that pilgrimage to columbine. once she got in the area, purchased a gun. i say made the pilgrimage. don't believe show made it on to columbine property. i don't think that has ever been confirmed. there was a pilgrimage here. certainly she purchased a weapon. these two things combined with
10:39 am
her fascination of columbine, that's pretty clear and convincing evidence that we have a threat to the school. >> can you please speak louder? hard to hear you. thank you. >> [question inaudible] >> i'm not going to reveal the gunshot, but it was in the littleton area, not columbine. >> [question inaudible] >> the reports that have been in briefings have indicated that she made statements to friends, family and some online-type postings or communications. >> before we take other questions, i also want to introduce frank deangelos who is here to answer questions about the events related to the memorial this weekend. >> can you talk about the fact that she's one person. granted she had a gun but how could one person generate so
10:40 am
much concern and this is a wide area. >>ly say this. we base all of our decisions on the intel that we have at the time. so from our perspective, the information that came in to us, we made a decision based on what we needed to do at columbine. that extends to other areas within the columbine articulation area to protect those immediate schools based on further information that we were provided by law enforcement, we made decisions to place some of the mountain schools on lock out as well. all of those decisions are not done in a vacuum or in a silo. it's constant communication back and forth, looking at what the threat is and having decision makers together.
10:41 am
you know, we had good partners, mission partners that were looking at our entire school safety program. from school district. now that extended out metro wide when we were advised that the threat was not as specific to columbine. in my mind, the fascination with columbine, where she purchased the weapon, the fact that, you know, she made the journey here for me is all about protecting our environment, our schools. we canadian that decision. >> yes. thank you. >> was the gun purchased legal and if she were still alive, what could law enforcement do in terms of contain the situation? could she have been charged with something or law enforcement trying to tighten the situation? >> i don't believe our hands were tied in this type of situation. obviously communication was
10:42 am
ongoing. do i know what charges could have applied in this case? no, not without additional information. there were prosecutors and law enforcement officers involved in the communication minimally based on the information that we had, she certainly would have been subject to being taken into custody for a mental health hold, a 72 hour hold and treat to determine a little bit more about the mental state and what risk there would have been posed minimally that would have happened. certainly there was the potential for other charges. absent additional information, i wouldn't be able to comment on what those would be. >> yes. the person from the post. >> in addition to the additional security tomorrow, do you anticipate there's going to be need for mental health support
10:43 am
or counselling? >> after events like this, we deploy additional mental health support, counselling. make that available to our staff and students and families. regrettably, this is not the only time situations like this have happened in jeffco and across the country. a sad statement that we're becoming more used to handling situations like this. we expect there will be some grief and processing, mental issues to contend with tomorrow. >> thank you. in the back. >> [question inaudible] >> we will not disclose what exactly that looks like. it will involve processes and procedures that buildings regarding entrances into schools, operations of the school during the day, release of students at the end of the day, additional patrols using camera systems. without going into details, might reveal our systems of
10:44 am
support. it's those sorts of things. >> students will see as they typically do. we're all over schools all day long. so they're used to seeing us and will continue to see us. they'll see additional patrols. >> thank you. this question is for frank. i know this is already an emotional, difficult weekend for you, for families. when did you first learn about this? you still have a relationship with these families. have you talked to them? what are they thinking right now? >> yesterday i was at columbine high school when we went into lockout. first thing i did is check in on the 15 staff members that were there when the event happened 20 years ago. families start reaching out to me, provide support for everyone. it's very important that we continue to look at what happened 20 years ago. at the same time, not let it
10:45 am
tract from what we're doing this week. the support was so great when jeffco got together, everybody came together and there was a confidence we were working with. just takes us back. you talk to most people that were part of columbine high school, when the month of april comes, it does something to us all. we take care of each other and we have the famous saying that we're columbine and during times like this, it resonated loudly and clearly. >> thank you. >> have you talked personally for you what you personally felt and thought and your message to parents in the community? >> one thing that is so different from this time as opposed to 20 years ago, all the things in place. prior to that time, the only drills we did are fire drills. yesterday as soon as there was an alert to go in lockdown, columbine high school acted so professionally. the reason they did this is because of the training being done by the jeffco sheriff's
10:46 am
office and john's office. so it was like clock work. i was there through the entire time. the kids knew exactly what to do. there was support. so that is much more re-assuring than what we were 20 years ago. so i think we know we have things in place now, lessons learned. the support system is there. so again, we reach out to everyone and the jeffco schools have been fantastic. we have everything we need as the 20-year remembrance approaches. >> i just want to ask you the questions about was the gun purchased legally and can you explain the laws. a lot of people are asking how she purchase had shotgun here in colorado. >> yeah. the things that i've been briefed on, the firearm was purchased legally. i'm sure there will be some i don't know going evaluation in that regard but federal law enforcement, the atf.
10:47 am
every appearance is that it was purchased legally. one of the requirements when someone contains a concealed handgun permit in the state of colorado, the information is run through the colorado instacheck program. that would be a requirement. provide the gun seller the legal right to sell that gun to an individual based on the information that they have there. >> could someone from the schools speak to what the lead time was maybe when you found out about this potential threat and the seriousness of it and what action was taken? >> i received a call from law enforceme enforcement. as soon as i had that call from the task force agent that placed it, i immediately called our school resource officer at
10:48 am
columbine. we began within a minute of taking action and making decisions. >> [question inaudible] >> the denver metro area superintendents coordinated closely on this. jeffco was the epicenter of the threat. as it was determined the threat wasn't specific to anyone school and we knew she was present in the metro area. clearly had developed means to move around from the airport to littleton up to the foothills and the mountains, there was a concern that any of our schools could be targeted until the situation was resolved. so we work closely with law enforcement, fbi, state law enforcement, the governor's office was involved. a lot of conversations.
10:49 am
collectively we stood together to make a decision to close all the schools in the metro area because of the threat that couldn't be determined. we did begin thinking about if this were to continue, then what? so what would we be doing tomorrow and the next day and how would we adapt as school leaders and assist to meet this new challenge. so that work was happening half an hour ago. we were still working on what that would look like in the face of this new threat. i believe this this may not be the first time that we see something like this. these things -- we see copycat version of threats and actions more commonly. so we're developing system and procedures on how we will react to situations like this in the future. >> [question inaudible] >> we don't know. we were working on what changes to -- what school looks like, would have to happen for us to be open. question did not wish to have
10:50 am
one person hold all of the schools in the front range of the state hostage. we wanted to have a reaction to that to allow learning to happen. it would have required different transportation procedures, different processes for kids coming in to schools, looking systems, patrols, food service. it's complex the amount of changes that would need to happen. we were working that problem and thinking about how do we change what school looks like on a normal day anyway to how school looks like under this threat. we fortunately didn't have to execute that but we've saved it all because we may have to come back to it at some point. may be helpful to jeffco and other schools in the state our country that may have to face this in the future. >> between 1999 and 2018,
10:51 am
colorado has had eight school shootings. each of those school shootings that have occurred, we've learned a lot of lessons. we're paying attention to what is happening around the country. so decisions that are made today are not decisions that we would have made in the past. that's part of the learning. part of the training that we do each and every day. in schools, we plan for two types of threats. we plan for the insider threat and we plan for the outsider threat. so the practices, protocols and programs that we have in place for the outsider threat came into play yesterday. >> we have time for one more question. >> [question inaudible] >> the fbi developed information. it came forward from the miami fbi office to the colorado fbi office i believe after she was reported missing by her parents.
10:52 am
and again, the fbi will in all likelihood be conducting a more thorough briefing, media briefing on the details of their case and they probably would be better equipped to answer that. if i could get back to the question that you asked. one of the goals of public safety is not only to reduce crime, but to reduce the fear of crime. i had the opportunity to listen in on the superintendent's calls last night and today. the thoughtful deliberation that went on throughout the denver metro school superintendents, that was a large piece of it. are kids going to be fearful, are parents going to be concerned with their kids and ultimately is that a good learning environment. that's the thing that we work on hard every day, is to make sure that with our school safety partners to make sure that the
10:53 am
schools are safe and that kids are in an environment where they feel comfortable so that they can learned their very best. >> [question inaudible] >> i'm sure it will come out in the fbi briefing. it was an uber-type of a system, i believe. >> okay. i think that wraps it up for us today. thank you all for coming. we appreciate it. on behalf of jeffco public schools, we are internally grateful to our -- >> harris: they're wrapping up the news conference right now. one of the things that came out of it, frankly we get threats all the time. this one felt different. this one was different. you can see the school safety director, john mcdonald saying that, the sheriff is there as well from jefferson county. catherine herridge is live at the justice department. she's been following this from there. of course, we're anticipating
10:54 am
the mueller report dropping in less than 24 hours. that's why you're at doj. this story became an extremely dangerous threat to an entire community. that became a federal issue. >> that's right, harris. what caught my attention at the end of the news conference is confirmation that the fbi in miami got notification from the girl's family that she was missing and they got that information to the fbi in colorado. then they were able to confirm that she bought the ticket to colorado and she purchased a weapon. the reason i emphasize that is you remember after the parkland shooting, there was a major overhaul of the system with the federal law enforcement system. there were two tips. one was a call to west virginia and the fbi never brought the intelligence together and get to it the people in florida that needed that. there were calls for the fbi director to resign.
10:55 am
then ten general jeff sessions said there would be an overhaul of that system. the fruits of that came into play in colorado in the last 24 hours. >> harris: catherine herridge outside of doj. thanks very much. >> you're welcome. >> harris: that information on the overhaul of the tipping system is very interesting. couple things. committed, obsessed with columbine high school. made a pilgrimage and got to denver but never made it on to campus. those words coming from authorities in denver. and this from the miami beach senior high school, that she was attending parentally. they called in mental health department professionals to assist students that might have known her. we have been covering this breaking news on fox news as more is learned, post the news conference, we'll have it live. stay with us. ugh? there was no way to know for sure.
10:56 am
hey guys.... daddy, it's pink! but hey. a new house it's a blank canvas. and we got a great one thanks to a really low mortgage rate from navy federal credit union. pink so she's a princess. you got a problem with that? oorah oorah navy federal credit union. our members, are the mission.
10:57 am
10:58 am
this is the family who booked the flight, ♪ who saved by adding a hotel, which led to new adventures, ♪ that captured their imaginations ♪ and turned moments into memories. with flights, hotels, activities and more for your florida vacation, expedia has everything you need to go. today's senior living communities have never been better, with amazing amenities like movie theaters, exercise rooms
10:59 am
and swimming pools, public cafes, bars and bistros even pet care services. and there's never been an easier way to get great advice. a place for mom is a free service that pairs you with a local advisor to help you sort through your options and find a perfect place. a place for mom. you know your family we know senior living. together we'll make the right choice. it's not the highlight of fatherhood. but i'd rather be here with my little man than anywhere with migraine. "i am here." and i aim to say that more. aimovig... a preventive treatment for migraine in adults... reduces the number of monthly migraine days. for some, that number can be cut in half or more. the most common side effects are pain, redness or swelling at the injection site and constipation. aim to be there more. talk to your doctor about aimovig. >> harris: authorities in denver
11:00 am
colorado were ready to hunt down the person who made credible threats against columbine high school, the woman on the right. they got to a recreational area outside of denver and found her dead, a self-inflicted wound. here's "the daily briefing." >> dana: all out man hunt coming to an end in colorado. authorities confirming the woman accused of threatening columbine high school has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. the search for the armed suspect kept nearly half a million students home from school. authorities say she flew from florida to colorado monday as the state prepared to mark 20 years since the attacks that killed 13 people. we have the story from denver. this is a story, even though it was 20 years ago, i find that hard to believe, this story is much on the forefront of


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on