BOULDER, Colo. -- Boulder High School was locked down before school started Thursday morning after two people wearing camouflage and ski masks were in the school. Classes for the day were eventually cancelled.
A cafeteria cook arriving at the school reported the sighting at 6:30 a.m. in the cafeteria area, according to a school district spokesman. The worker did not see any weapons, police said.
The two young males ran when the worker spotted them, according to school district spokesman Briggs Gamblin. He did not know if they ran out of the school or into another area of the school.
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The school worker described then as school aged.
There were no students in the building at the time.
Police immediately blocked off the entrances to the high school, and arriving students were not allowed to enter while the school search was being carried out.
Police characterized the event as a suspicious incident and were conducting sweeps of the school.
"We have completed the first search," said Police Chief Mark Beckner. "What we're doing now is exchanging the officers who did the first search with three teams of SWAT officers who will be conducting a second, more methodical search of the school. We will then go in a third time and we will do a walk-through with school administrators to see if they recognize anything unusual."
There are no security cameras inside the school, according to Gamblin, but there about 15 cameras on the outside of the school.
"We don't know if this is a prank, we don't know if this is a burglary, we don't know if it's something more than that," said Beckner. "You really can't take any chances these days."
A decision was made at 8:19 a.m. that the school would close for the day, according to Gamblin. Click here to read the news release from Boulder Valley Schools.
The Boulder SWAT team could be seen gearing up and preparing to enter the building at 9:30 a.m.
One bus of about 50 Boulder High School students was already heading to the school when word came of the lockdown. Gamblin said that the bus was turned around and redirected to nearby Fairview High School.
District officials asked that parents were sent to Fairview to pick up their children.
Boulder High freshman Jake Hanifin, 15, said the incident didn't sound like a prank.
"I think it's hard to believe it's a joke if a kid comes in with a ski mask," he said while talking with friends outside a snowboard shop a few blocks from the school. "To push a joke to that limit would be pretty intense."
Sophomore Sara Fleegler, 15, who went to the nearby downtown district with friends, said the scare was out of character for "such a relaxed place" as Boulder.
"It's just crazy that people could be in the school when it wasn't opened up yet," she said.
Boulder High School is located at 1604 Arapahoe Ave.
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So basically I don't have to go to school today because of some dumbasses in camo...hooray! The funny thing is, Boulder is this relatively small little hippie town and this kind of shit keeps happening (we keep getting bomb threats etc). You would expect this stuff to happen in, like, California or something.