Update: There was a statewide threat received by the Colorado Community College System. In addition to FRCC, other community colleges are responding with added security. The Auraria Campus in Denver has evacuated, while many other schools went into lockdown or lockout procedures. For updates on the impact of this threat on learning at the different campuses impacted click here.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (KDVR) – The Westminster Police Department was responding to threats made at the three campuses of Front Range Community College.
The first emailed threat went to Westminster’s Front Range Community College, but concerns grew.
As a result of these threats, all three Front Range Community College campuses in Boulder County, Larimer County and Westminster were placed on lockout around 7:20 a.m.
“The individual was unhappy with the community campuses, and threatened harm to those campuses,” Westminster Police Department Investigator Cheri Spottke said.
MSU Denver, The Community College of Denver and CU Denver closed their Auraria campuses in response to these threats.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the security team at FRCC has secured the perimeter at all three campuses due to a potential threat in the area. This means all of our outside doors are locked, but activity inside the buildings is proceeding as usual,” officials with the FRCC said in a tweet.
Incoming freshmen at an orientation inside decided to leave for the day.
“I was like, this is our first time on the campus, I was nervous. I was asking what type of threat could it be,” freshman Karla Herrera said.
While many students are still on summer break, there were still lots of people on the campuses. So, worry set in fast.
“Since nowadays there are always school shootings, that’s like one of the thoughts that comes to my head is like oh a school shooting,” freshman Arianna Silva said.
WPD said they take threats against any school very seriously and immediately responded to the scene. Officers worked throughout the morning and contacted the person of interest related to the threats.
Police determined someone had emailed the threat using someone else’s name.
According to WPD, once officers contacted the individual, they discovered that the threats were a form of doxxing against another individual. Doxxing is when someone gets ahold of another person’s personal documents and information and uses it for malicious purposes.
“The threat came in from an alleged individual with very specific information about that individual. Law enforcement was able to contact that individual and determined that none of the threats came from that individual,” Spottke said.
Out of an abundance of caution, FRCC will be closed for the rest of the day.
FOX31 has created one story for all of the college threats in Colorado on Aug. 5. For updates on the impact of this threat on learning at the different campuses impacted click here.