May 23, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield Police have requested juvenile petitions for a student whose actions precipitated a school lockdown on Friday, May 17.
Manchester High School, located at 12601 Bailey Bridge Road, was placed on lockdown on the morning of Friday, May 17, 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 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.”
Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.