Two schools in Woodland Park on lockdown Wednesday afternoon; police investigation continues

School lockdown lifted; details "critical"

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Students in two schools in Woodland Park west of Colorado Springs were locked down Wednesday after a suspicious person was observed in the area.

FOX21 reported that school officials saw someone wearing all camouflage clothing was walking near the Woodland Park High School with a backpack at about 3 p.m., just as students are usually released from school.

Both the high school and Gateway Elementary school were on lockdown for more than an hour as the Woodland Park Police Department searched the area. Busses were held and any students who had left the building and were walking home were brought inside for safety.

The police department announced that the area was clear at 4:10 p.m. and students were allowed to head home. As of Wednesday evening it was confirmed that school would be in session on Thursday as usual. A police department operator stated that the situation was ongoing and that details were "critical to the investigation" and could not be released.