‘Suicide pact’ rumor among Manchester students unfounded, says Superintendent

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CruiserMANCHESTER, NH –  A news report out of Massachusetts March 5 indicating that a suicide pact was going around social media among high school students in Manchester is unfounded, says Manchester School District Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston.

“Today a suicide threat posted on Facebook by a Massachusetts high school student was brought to the attention of Manchester police and school officials. The Winthrop, Mass., Police Department indicated that students in Manchester were involved in a suicide pact described in the Facebook post, along with a threat against a school, but further investigation revealed the information to be false,” said Livingston in a statement issued Thursday. “No students from Manchester were involved, nor was there a threat against any Manchester school.”

Earlier Thursday media reports had been circulating that a so-called suicide pact was circulating among students in Winthrop, Tewksbury and Woburn, Mass., as well as Manchester.

A report by FOX/ABC said a female student at Winthrop High School was taken into police custody near the school Thursday afternoon.

WCVB out of Boston reported police activity in Tewksbury and Winthrop, which initiated a “hold in place” order in Tewksbury. According to the report a female student posted a comment on Facebook saying she wanted to “get two guns” and “make a suicide pact,” Tweksbury Police said.

According to police another female Winthrop student responded to the comment by saying, “Can we shoot up schools first (though)?”

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