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Gun Found on Local School Property

On Thursday afternoon, a student at Manchester’s Westwood Middle School (WMS) reported that another student was in possession of a handgun. School administrators immediately investigated and discovered an unloaded handgun in the possession of a student. Administrators immediately contacted the Manchester Police Department who confiscated the weapon and began an investigation.
Manchester Police took the unnamed student into custody and are actively investigating the incident to determine the charges. Investigator Jackie Matheny stated that when officers arrived at the school, officials had the situation under control. He added that the gun belonged to a family member and by all indications this was an isolated incident.
The student will also be disciplined in accordance with the District Code of Student Conduct. This incident did not interrupt the regular school day and instruction continued as normal.
Director Wilkerson says that student safety is always the top priority of WMS and the Manchester City School District. “At no time do we believe students or staff members were in any danger.” “We ask our students to report anything suspicious to school administrators and this is a great example of alert students being proactive.”