School officials 'exploring' tearing down Columbine High School

Tear down Columbine High School? District superintendent would like to

Tear down Columbine High School? District superintendent would like to

The move comes less than two months since the Federal Bureau of Investigation said a high school student who was "infatuated" with the Columbine shooting traveled from Florida to Colorado and made credible threats.

Colorado public education officials are mulling a plan to tear down and replace Columbine High School - saying the site remains "a source of inspiration" for potential gun violence, 20 years after the massacre that killed 13 people.

In April, a Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead in an apparent suicide.

"Annually, local law enforcement and Jeffco's Department of School Safety make contacts with hundreds of individuals seeking to enter the school and reconnect with the 1999 murders", he wrote.

Even though the school is one of the "safest in the country", the number of false bomb threats and trespassing incidents in the past 11 months has increased dramatically, Glass said.

"Most of them are there to satisfy curiosity or a macabre, but harmless, interest in the school".

If the plan goes forward, the new campus would still be called Columbine High School, "honoring the pride and spirit the community has with the name", and its school mascot and colors would remain the same.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday, the superintendent of the Jefferson County School District urged the officials to consider the possibility of razing the high school in Littleton and building a new one nearby, KUSA-TV in Denver reported.

Discussions about the plan are now "in the very preliminary and exploratory stages", while Board of Education and administration officials seek public feedback.

The news of the proposal was met with mixed reactions from those that lived through the mass shooting. "It'd be devastating to lose it".

Retired Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis, who was at the school in 1999, told KUSA he supports the idea.

"I am in full support of building a new facility".

"Twenty years ago, we never imagined that there would be people so infatuated with this tragedy years later", DeAngelis said.

"We know that Columbine continues to attract people from around the world", John McDonald, the district's executive director for safety and security, said in April. "We're not a tourist attraction, and we're not a place for you to come and gain inspiration".

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