A spokesperson for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says the suspicious package was found in the parking lot of Peak to Peak Charter School shortly after 7 a.m. Lafayette Police officers responded to the school along with the Boulder County Bomb Squad.
Deputies say a staff member spotted a large duffle bag with a Kermit the Frog stuffed animal lying on top of it. They say the Muppet doll had either blood or paint on it, so the staff member reported it as suspicious.
The Boulder Valley School District's spokesperson says about 200 students were already at the school when the suspicious package was found on the west side of the campus. The school was initially put under a lockdown and lockout, but classes were cancelled altogether shortly after 9 a.m.
School officials asked families whose children were not at school yet to stay home. Students who were already at school were taken to a safe location where they remained on lockdown.
Deputies cleared the school shortly before 10 a.m. and said parents and guardians were allowed to pick up their children. Click here for updates from the school's Web site.
The K-12 school is located at 800 Merlin Drive in the area of South Public Road and East South Boulder Road. Access to roads near the school was limited while authorities investigated the situation.
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