MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – A decision was made to close Manchester High School this week after rumored threats of violence in the wake of the Michigan school shooting.
Manchester Police issued the following statement after their investigation:
In order to quell any further public alarm, the Manchester Police Department wanted to inform the community that yesterday we were made aware of numerous rumors, originating at the Manchester Township High School, in reference to a potentially violent event involving a gun taking place today at the High School. The school administration and the Manchester Police Department worked together to gather all the information and speak to all individuals involved. Out of an abundance of caution, while the rumors were actively being investigated, the decision to close the schools was made by Superintendent Trethaway.
Due to the cooperation of several students and their families, it was determined that the rumors were in fact, rumors which were deemed through the investigation to be not credible. We want to reiterate once again, that all information received was fully investigated and there is no credible threat of violence towards any persons or the school community. We always take any kind of threat against our schools seriously and the safety of our community is our primary goal. We will remain vigilant with safety measures to ensure safe learning can continue throughout the district.