The youths reportedly had set their nautical sights on the Lone Tree Krispy Kreme, which awarded free doughnuts to properly attired swashbucklers and scallywags.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies confronted the young buccaneers near Cheese Ranch.
“We contacted them and ultimately determined they were dressed like pirates, heading to Krispy Kreme,” Sgt. Ron Hanavan said.
Highlands Ranch High School Principal Jerry Goings was alerted to the lockout at about 10:30 a.m. during a district meeting.
“I got a phone call saying there were kids in the field close to us with a machete,” he said, adding the teens' initial effort to dodge the authorities further aroused suspicion. “Police tried to approach them and they took off. They’re high school kids and they’re probably supposed to be in class, so that’s why they ran.”
During a lockout, a school perimeter is secured and staff and students prohibited from leaving the grounds.
Highlands Ranch High School sent an email to school families explaining the lockdown.