09/06/2013 02:42 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

Denver East High School, Manual High School Students Sent Home Early After 'Credible Threat'

Denver's East High School was placed on lockdown on Friday after receiving what police are calling a "credible threat."

The Denver Post spoke with Michael Vaughn, a spokesman for Denver Public Schools, who says that the threat was made against the school at large, not a specific student or staff member.

Vaughn also confirmed that students at Manual High were also sent home early, at 11 a.m., after being notified of a threat at the school.

Neither the police nor Vaughn would confirm if the threats at both schools were related.

7News tweeted a photo of several police cars parked in front of East High:

KDVR reported that the Denver Police confirmed that the high school received threats earlier in the day on Friday and began investigating around 11:45 a.m.

Students are being dismissed from campus early and being escorted to their cars by police. Students without cars can be picked up by their parents as usual, 9News reports.

Justin Joseph, reporter for KDVR in Denver, tweeted that according to East High parents, the lockdown may have been in response to possible gang violence in the area:

Denver Police have only confirmed that there was a threat, but not the details of the nature of the threat.

This is a developing story...



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