Man cited on suspicion of DUI after trespassing at Lincoln school, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man was ticketed Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence after trespassing at a Lincoln middle school, police say.

Around 7:45 a.m., a school resource officer at Irving Middle School was notified that an unknown man had entered the building.

Police say the man was displaying “lethargic behavior” and seemed to be “under the influence of an unknown substance.”

Eventually, the man left the building, got into his vehicle and struck a car in the parking lot.

He continued driving south across Van Dorn Street and ran into a fence, according to police.

The 20-year-old driver was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police say.

After being treated, he was cited on suspicion of trespassing, driving under the influence, negligent driving, no seat belt and no insurance.

Lincoln Public Schools sent an email to Irving parents on Monday:

Irving families,

We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred before school this morning. Please know that your child is safe and we are working to support all students.

As students were arriving for breakfast at approximately 7:40, an adult not connected to Irving walked into the cafeteria. Our administrators immediately escorted them out of the building and called Lincoln Police and LPS Security.

The adult then went in through another door and to the second floor before exiting the building. We used our Standard Response Protocol of Secure and had extra staff monitoring the doors and school grounds. A Secure means we bring all students inside and lock all entrances.

The School Resource Officer was able to make contact with the unknown adult once they got into their vehicle. Lincoln Police have resolved the situation with the individual.

Families, we know this is a serious situation. I am thankful for the response by our staff to ensure student safety, and by our School Resource Officer. We will review this incident with LPS Security and make adjustments to our morning protocols and ensure a safe learning environment.

We will work through the day to support our students and help them process the events. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Rachael Kluck-Spann
Principal

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