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Manchester police increase presence after threat found at high school

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Manchester High School. (WFSB photo) Manchester High School. (WFSB photo)

Just two weeks into the school year, police in Manchester said they're stepping up security at the town's high school following the discovery of a threatening message.

The message was spotted Monday on the door of a bathroom stall. While it was ominous, police said they do not believe students are in danger.

Still, they arrived at Manchester High School around 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Their presence did put parents at ease.

"I knew that they would be safe even today than they normally are because I knew that the threat came very early in the day and I trusted the school officials," said Alaine Corbitt, a parent.

School officials said the threat was specific.

It read "I'm going to blow this place up September 13th on Tuesday 2016."

"It was pretty scary," said Saeeda Syal, a parent. "I told them not to go to school and they just didn't want to miss their school day."

Syal's twin daughters just started their freshman year.

"It really make me scared what can happen," Syal said. "There's like so many children that go to this school."

Officials immediately reached out to police, who said they will be on the campus Tuesday morning as a precaution.

Administrators say they reviewed security video and interviewed several students.

Students told Eyewitness News that the threat is scary and they understand it needs to be taken seriously even if it is a joke.

They said they feel the person responsible should come forward.

Principal Jill Krieger notified parents of the incident shortly after it was discovered.

She said she assured them that the safety of their children and the staff is the first priority.

Parents told Eyewitness News that they were appreciative of the quick response.

"We had an email by 10:00 yesterday morning," Corbitt said. "They've been pretty good about contacting us."

Though they believe it was a joke, parents said they're disappointed that the school year started out like this.

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