Attendance drops 20 percent following Manchester High School threat

Manchester High School. (WFSB file photo)

A Manchester High School student was arrested after police said he was in possession of a knife on school grounds on Friday afternoon.

Police said there was a verbal argument between two students around noon. Eyewitnesses told authorities that one of the students had a knife.

As police were investigating the incident, they found a type of folding knife on a 15-year-old.

The 15-year-old was charged with having a weapon on school property, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and carrying a dangerous weapon.

In addition to being arrested, the student could be expelled from school.

Police said the arrest on Friday "appears to be an isolated incident."

"There is no indication of any threat or on-going danger to students at the school. We have SRO's [school resource officers] stationed there daily," Manchester Police Captain Christopher Davis told Eyewitness News.

There were no reported injuries after the incident.

Friday's arrest was the second incident since the new school year began. The school district had to beef up security after someone wrote a note threatening blow up this place on a bathroom stall.

"There is two big things that we want to have happen. One we want to have anytime we have to react to something we want to have appropriate staff, people appropriately trained and take the right steps," Manchester Public Schools Superintendent Matt Geary said. "And two, more important than that, we want to kids to feel connected to school because that's when these things don't occur. So if all kids are feeling connected to their school through building positive relationships with each other's and adults, that's how we stop this."

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