Chesterfield County police are seeking to charge a 15-year-old Manchester High School student in last Friday’s gun hoax threat that triggered a lockdown of the school and a large police response and frightened many students and parents.
After investigating how the claim originated, police have determined that the 15-year-old student who reported the “threat” to school administrators did not actually see a gun and did not hear any other students talking about a gun, police said Thursday.
The school was placed on lockdown last Friday morning after police said they received a third-party report that “a student may be in possession of a gun at school.” Dozens of officers responded to the school at 12601 Bailey Bridge Road, and some students fled the building in fear. Some parents mobilized, fearing the threat was genuine.
Police cleared the school, found no weapon and determined the threat was not credible. The lockdown was lifted just before noon that day.
Investigators are requesting that a Chesterfield Juvenile Court intake officer file petitions — the equivalent of an adult arrest warrant — against the 15-year-old on charges of disorderly conduct and giving a false report to a police officer.
The student’s name was not released because of his age.
“While this report to schools and law enforcement was a hoax, the response and emotions it elicited were very real,” said Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey S. Katz in a statement. “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 Police Department at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or through the P3 Tips app.