Student confronts school intruder, mother speaks out

Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 04:45:38-05

TULSA -- The mother of the student who confronted an intruder at a Tulsa High School is speaking out.

The incident happened about three weeks ago when an intoxicated man walked into Union High School after school officials say a staff member left a door propped open

A Snapchat video of a student confronting the man in a classroom began circulating around social medial. Rita Higgs says that student is her son, Brandon.

Higgs says her son, a senior, called and told his mom what happened after school. He told his mom the intruder singled him out and started talking to him and walked closer. Higgs said the man had a jacket wrapped around his arm.

The mom said, “He grabbed the coat off his arm. He realized it wasn’t a gun, and then he started walking toward him to make him leave out the room.”

Higgs said she didn’t think much of it at the time until the video surfaced on social media. She said, “It was just scary. In my mind, I was just glad everybody was OK, and next time, don’t follow him out.”

After the trespasser made his way out of the classroom and down the hall, he was eventually removed from campus. Some say Brandon Higgs saved the day. His mom said, “The teacher said he was their hero, but he didn’t think that was funny. He was like, ‘I wasn’t trying to be a hero; I was just trying to make sure everybody was OK and myself because he came toward me.”

And while she is proud of her son, Higgs says it could have gone down a different way, adding, “It could’ve turned out to be a drastically devastating thing, but it didn’t. I’m proud of my son, but I just want him to follow procedures.”

The district says they have talked with the staff at the high school and made it clear that no door should ever be propped open.

Rita Higgs says her son plans on enlisting in the Navy on Monday.

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