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Investigation Finds No Credible Threat - Schools Open Monday

December 3, 2021

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and the Manchester Community,

I would like to provide parents, staff and students an update on the investigation of the rumors of a threat at the high school which resulted in our district schools being closed for today. The school district has been working with the Manchester Police Department to gather information and fully investigate these statements.  I am pleased to report that the police have found no evidence of a credible threat and they are confident that no danger exists to our students or  staff. The statements that were made last night and investigated were a direct result of the previous incident that was also fully investigated.    

I want to personally thank the Manchester Police Department for their work in investigating every comment and speaking with individuals who were involved in these statements.  They have determined that at no time was there a specific threat to any individual or school. Please refer to the Manchester Township Police press release posted on their webpage for more clarification.  

I also want to commend the students and parents who cooperated in the investigation and provided information regarding this incident.  While there was no credible threat, the high school administration will be meeting with any individuals who were identified as spreading false rumors and these individuals will face consequences for any inappropriate actions as these comments can be extremely dangerous.  

Unfortunately, the investigation that led to the conclusion of no credible threat was still in progress as of the announcement last night and it was determined that, out of concern for the  safety of our students and staff, schools were cancelled.  Now that all of the comments and individuals have been fully investigated by the police and no threat exists, students and staff can safely report to school Monday, December 6.   

I share parents, students, and staff concerns for safety, and I want to assure you that every comment involving a threat is taken seriously.  I apologize for the inconvenience but the decision that was made was out of an abundance of caution and in the best interests of the staff and students.  

I want to again thank the parents for their cooperation and understanding in this situation. 

Respectfully,

David Trethaway
Superintendent of Schools