‘A hoax’: Lockdown lifted after no weapon found at Manchester High School

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) — The Chesterfield Police Department says a temporary lockdown at Manchester High School was due to a hoax.

Lockdown lifted at Manchester High School / Source: WWBT

The school was locked down Friday morning after a "third-party report that a student may be in possession of a gun at school," according to police.

But after a sweep of the school building, the department alerted parents and the general public that "no weapon was found."

Police Chief Col. Jeffrey Katz called the incident a “hoax” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Earlier Friday morning, the police department had said the school was on lockdown as a precaution.

“At this point, no weapon has been found,” the police department posted on social media around 10:45 a.m.

Police urged parents to not to go to the school as the investigation was ongoing.

Katz urged parents to avoid coming to the area “where there is no credible threat.”

The school system also addressed the lockdown, saying that the school was on lockdown “while police investigate an at-this-time unsubstantiated rumor of a weapon on school property.”

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