PALMDALE – Hillview Middle School on Monday was placed on lockdown for hours as authorities searched for 13-year-old Nigel Hardy, a suspended student believed to be suicidal and armed with his father’s handgun. (Read more here.)
Nigel was ultimately located in Kern County and pronounced dead at Antelope Valley from a gunshot wound, believed to be self-inflicted. Tuesday afternoon Westside Union School District responded to the incident with a statement from Superintendent Regina Rossall.
Read the full statement:
“Our hearts are with the parents and family of Nigel Hardy as they deal with this tremendous personal loss.
The Westside Union School District is deeply saddened and is committed to assisting students and staff in coping with this tragedy. This commitment includes continuing to make grief counselors available on site at Hillview Middle School as needed.
At approximately 12:45 pm yesterday, Hillview Middle School was put on full lockdown at the request of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Department. We also placed Rancho Vista Elementary School on full lockdown as an extra precaution due to its proximity to Hillview.
No incident occurred at the school, and students were all reunited with parents or caregivers, the last student being released at 4:00 pm.
The safety of our students, staff and volunteers is a priority.
Any time a potential threat is identified our goal, in coordination with law enforcement, is to work quickly and decisively to protect our families. In this case, we are thankful to our students, staff, local enforcement, parents and many others for helping us to do so in this difficult time.
All of us have many questions about this incident.
However, it is important to understand that information maintained by school districts concerning students is protected and confidential under Federal and State laws. As a result, what we may be able to say regarding the incident or those involved might be limited.
However, we will continue to work closely with law enforcement, including providing them with timely and appropriate information.”
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