A Columbine Shutdown

Classes at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were canceled Thursday and Friday, forcing a delay in final exams, after a student received a threat in an Internet chat room. The warning was sent by someone outside Colorado to a 16-year-old Columbine student and warned her in an America Online chat room not to go to school Thursday, said Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis. “I need to finish what begun (sic) and if you do I don’t want your blood on my hands,” it read, in part. The FBI is now hunting down the sender, who used the screen name “Soup 81,” Davis said. School officials declared that the holiday break at the 1,980-student school, site of the April 20 rampage that shocked the nation, should start two days early. Final exams will be made up in January.

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