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Petitions Sought For Manchester Lockdown

15-Year Old Accused of Disorderly Conduct And False Report

May 23, 2019 - 4:26 pm

Midlothian, Va. ( - Chesterfield Police say they have requested juvenile petitions for a student whose actions precipitated a school lockdown at Manchester High School on May 17th.  Manchester High School was placed on lockdown after it was reported that a student had a gun at the school. Police responded to the school and soon determined that the threat was not credible.  Detectives then continued to investigate how the claim originated.

Police say they have determined that the 15-year-old male student who reported the threat to school administration did not see a gun and did not hear any other students talking about a gun. The investigating officer has requested juvenile petitions for the student for disorderly conduct and giving a false report to a police officer.

"While this report to schools and law enforcement was a hoax, the response and emotions it elicited were very real," said Col. Jeffrey S. Katz, Chief of Police. "The result of our investigation should underscore the police department’s dogged commitment to hold accountable anyone who chooses to disrupt or threaten the safety of our community.”