News and announcements for the Manchester School District, SAU 37 in Manchester, NH.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Suspected threat leads to emergency response
Several schools took safety precautions today while police investigated a report of a student displaying a gun near the Memorial High School campus. A teacher who witnessed a car passing by on Weston Road and a student inside the car holding a gun immediately told a school resource officer.
Memorial High School was placed in lockdown within moments of the incident being reported, and as a precaution, three nearby schools – Manchester School of Technology, Southside Middle School, and Jewett Street Elementary School – were put into secure campus status.
Police identified and located all of the vehicle’s occupants and were able to determine that the suspected weapon was an airsoft gun found in the trunk of the car in question. The airsoft gun never entered the school building.
“We are extremely pleased with the response of the Manchester Police Department, as well as the faculty and staff at all of the affected schools who made the safety of our students their first priority while handing this situation,” said superintendent Debra Livingston.
When police determined there was no danger, the secure campus advisory was lifted at the three other schools. Memorial remained in lockdown for a short time longer while police interviewed the students and concluded their investigation.