Manchester HS on lockdown while Chesterfield police investigate stabbing

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are urging parents of Manchester High School students not to come to school to pick up their children early. The request comes as police continue to investigate a stabbing incident that happened Monday morning at the school in Chesterfield.

To Manchester parents concerned about how a weapon was brought on campus Monday morning, Chesterfield Schools representative Shawn Smith said, "We were concerned over the two students. We have a very safe, secure environment at our school division. Certainly, as we work through the circumstances, we will look at all things that happened and then look to see if a knife came on school property. Our thoughts right now are bringing the school back to an orderly process."

Addressing reporters after 11 a.m. Monday, police confirmed one child was sent to the hospital with serious injuries, though those injuries were not considered life-threatening. The stabbing incident happened in the high school's band room, police said. One student is now in custody.

Authorities also confirmed the two students involved in the altercation knew each other.

Manchester principal Pete Koste sent an email to Manchester parents at 10:15 a.m. Monday announcing the school was on lockdown and that police were on site. Koste reminded parents of the school's lockdown procedures, which state that parents should not call or come to the school.

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