Suspect in custody after suspicious package found at Monarch High School

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- One person was taken into custody after a suspicious package was found at Monarch High School on Thursday morning, the Louisville Police Department said.

Police were called to the school at 329 Campus Drive at 8:15 a.m. after security noticed a suspicious person trying to get into the school through the front doors.

As the 24-year-old Superior resident, a former student at the school, was being taken into custody, officials found an unattended backpack on the north side of the campus.

As a precaution, the Boulder County bomb squad was called in to assess the situation. Monarch High School and neighboring Monarch K-8 school were placed on lockout during the police activity.

"We wanted to be sure we took necessary measures to get the backpack safely into custody," Louisville police Cmdr. Jeff Fisher said.

The bomb squad later declared the backpack to be safe. Police also cleared rooms inside the high school as a precaution.

Classes were returning to normal schedules. Parents were told they could pick up their children if they so desired.

A letter was sent to parents at Monarch High School and Monarch K-8 school about the situation.

This morning Monarch K-8 and Monarch High went into lockdown. Louisville P.D. is currently investigating the situation and has located a suspicious package outside the north side of the high school building. All students are safe. 

At this time, we are requesting that you do not drop off your children at the school. Please do not pick up your children at either school at this time, as we are in lockdown.

Monarch K-8 students being transported from home to school by bus are currently at Ascent Community Church located at 550 McCaslin Blvd, Louisville.

We will provide further updates as soon as more information is available.