Police say gun threat at MEMS unfounded

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Elementary Middle School was locked down Monday, Nov. 25, near the end of the school day after a report of a gun in the school came in.

Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union Superintendent Jackie Wilson said that at about 2:30, or a half hour before dismissal, the Manchester Police Department got in contact with MEMS and told them to go into lockdown.

Wilson said officers arrived on the scene very quickly and told staff they had received a communication about "a potential firearm in the building."

"As soon as we received a directive from the police, we do what we're told to do," Wilson said.

The police quickly determined that the threat was unfounded.

Wilson said she didn't want to go into details of what police did in the building to preserve student confidentiality and she wanted police to discuss their activity at the school.When reached late in the day Monday, the Manchester Police Department said it had nothing to release about the incident.

Despite the fact nothing was found, Wilson said the school would provide counselors to support students and staff.

"That is an unnerving event for students and staff," Wilson said. "It's unnerving when the police entered the building in that way."

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