The Columbine High School student who received a threatening online message that prompted authorities to close the school last week said she will not be going back after the holidays.
School officials shut down Columbine two days early for the holiday break after Erin J. Walton, 16, received the threat Wednesday night. Authorities say it was sent by an 18-year-old Florida community college student.
"I'm just going back to get all my stuff and return my books," Erin said Friday. She said she will attend a private school or be home-schooled next semester.
Erin, whose online profile mentioned that she was a student at Columbine, said she was doing some online research when the instant message from someone identified as "Soup81" flashed on her computer screen. It warned her not go to school the next day because "I need to finish what was begun and if you go I don't want your blood on my hands."
Authorities tracked the origin of the message and arrested Michael Ian Campbell, 18, of Cape Coral, Fla., on Friday. He was being held without bail in Florida until a Dec. 22 detention hearing.