Just one month into the new school year, Olive Branch High School lost its principal.
High school students say they were told Wednesday morning that, effective immediately, Principal Kyle Brigance is no longer working at Olive Branch High School. The DeSoto County Board of Education says Brigance will be its new School Safety Coordinator as of Sept. 16.
"It does seem a little weird that it would happen today, but maybe it was something he had planned, was already in the works," says OBHS parent Anita Nichols.
"If that's a good move for him then I'm proud of him," says another OBHS parent Patti Peavey, "I think that's a great thing, but we'll miss him here."
There is one former OBHS parent who believes Brigance's move comes at the will of the DeSoto County School System.
"You can't begrudge him if he wanted to do that, but no one believes he's leaving the high school because of that," says Lisa Ransom, "I can't tell you the times that I've seen him shed tears about his pride for the school and the community."
Ransom says there has always been a bitterness with the DeSoto County School System against Olive Branch school. The high school was recently up for an audit, according to Ransom, but she says she does not believe Brigance did anything criminally wrong.
"I don't know what it is, what needle in a haystack it is they could've found but, like I said, I don't believe for one minute that he's done anything wrong," says Ransom, "He is a pillar of this community; he is a fine Christian man, good father, good husband, good leader."
The DeSoto County Board of Education tells FOX13 News that an interim principal will be in place at Olive Branch High School for the remainder of the week. In regards to Brigance's move, they say, "The district does not discuss personnel matters."