YCSO: high school locked down after man references Conn. shooting

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Jeremy Whagado By Andrew Michalscheck Jeremy Whagado By Andrew Michalscheck

LAKE MONTEZUMA, Ariz. -- Rimrock High School in Lake Montezuma was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a man became disorderly in the school’s office and made a reference to the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Jeremy Whagado walked into the school and requested to remove two students.

Whagado couldn’t provide the students’ names, or any legal connection to the kids.

Whagado was told to leave, but he refused and demanded that he be given a list of names to help him with his request.

Whagado allegedly became more agitated as time passed, and while he didn’t make any direct threats, he did mention last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Concerned with Whagado’s behavior, school staff placed the school on lockdown and called YCSO.

Whagado reportedly left the school in a disgruntled state, but was located a few minutes later just south of campus.

Deputies said Whagado appeared disoriented and confused when he was apprehended, adding that he was not in possession of any weapons.

Whagado, who acknowledged having mental health issues in the past, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disruption of a school.

He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $7,500 bond pending a January court date.