October 21, 2019
We wanted to give our community an update and a bit more information on the reason for this morning’s lockdown. Our high school had a visitor who became unruly and uncooperative, so Principal Rennie Nickell immediately asked him to leave.
We want our families to know that at no time did the visitor threaten students nor was he ever armed. But because the visitor refused to leave the building, Mr. Nickell enacted the lockdown protocol, contacted local and county law enforcement and alerted the other district sites that they needed to go into lockdown at well.
Mr. Nickell and a staff member, who is also a Lincoln County Sheriff Reserve Officer, were able to get the visitor out of the high school. However, the visitor continued to be agitated, and he then ran toward the elementary school, located two blocks south of Agra High School. The visitor attempted to breach the elementary but was unsuccessful, as the site was in lockdown. Agra Police Chief Richard Roe apprehended the visitor on the edge of Agra Elementary’s campus.
We are grateful for our local law enforcement’s prompt response to this incident, and we are proud that our staff worked closely together without hesitation to ensure the safety of our students.
Agra Public Schools
Jeff Kelly, Superintendent
Rennie Nickell, JH/HS Principal
Anita Watkins, Elementary Principal