CO school hostage dies

A hostage situation ended Wednesday afternoon with one student dead.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 27, 2006

A hostage situation ended Wednesday afternoon with one student dead. An armed man held hostages at a high school in Bailey before killing himself.

The Colorado mountain town is in the same county as Columbine High School, where 15 people were killed in 1999.

The other hostages were uninjured.

The gunman fired at least two shots, and he claimed to have explosives, according to police reports. He initially took six people hostage but released four. The additional two hostages were held in a second-floor classroom but police were unsure whether they were students or teachers.

Hundreds of students were evacuated from the Platte Canyon High School as well as from other area schools, according to the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

In a highly stressful situation, parents were not able to immediately reach their children because the only highway in and out of town has been shut down. Some parents and teachers were already reporting the anxiety was worse because of the still-vivid memories of Columbine.

The gunman was believed to be an adult, possibly a parent of one of the students but police were unsure.

The high school is about 35 miles southwest of Denver. About 460 are enrolled.

Several national faith-based disaster response groups mobilized a response to the Columbine High School tragedy. Since then, trained teams have offered support at other school shootings and during other incidents of public violence.

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