Experts talk safety response after Manchester stabbing

Experts talk safety response after Manchester stabbing

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Experts are taking another look at safety protocols after a student is stabbed at Manchester High School by a classmate.

The victim remains in the hospital as of Monday night. The alleged stabber is in police custody, charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

There are no metal detectors or formal screenings as students enter school at Manchester High School. Students say they are only checked for weapons if a student is suspected of having one.

"I never saw the threat of anyone doing anything like this," said Kyle Kinum. "It's really out of the ordinary. I'd never expect anyone to do anything like that here."

Police won't have any added presence at school on Tuesday. They say the incident was isolated, and school officials reiterate that. There are School Resource Officers at Manchester every day - and they do have guns.

Small groups at a time got lunch during the lock down. Only two people could go to the restroom at a time, with an escort.

Student sentiment played out on social media, where students expressed fear, concern, and then sadness throughout the day.

Chesterfield Schools says on its website, every school is equipped with trained crisis teams to respond whenever there's a serious emergency. It also asks parents not to come to school or call, because it could endanger parents or someone else.

Our education expert says those requests - perhaps unusual at first glance - are in place for a reason.

"This is an environment that can be explosive," said Dr. Bill Bosher. "You want to make sure that even though people are uncomfortable for the moment, it's not a bigger discomfort for the long haul."

Dr. Bosher goes on to say, you can't possibly predict these acts of violence, but the school does have a responsibility to react and learn.

Students are wearing blue and orange Tuesday to support the victim.

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