Protesters disrupt Nichols celebration

About three dozen protesters interrupted a ceremony this morning to honor an elementary school that received a national honor.

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced that Nichols Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School, the only one in South Mississippi this year.

The School Board closed that school and two others because of low enrollment and state budget cuts, but students and teachers were folded into nearby Gorenflo Elementary, where today's celebration was held.

School spokesman Vincent Creel said the protestors held signs that said "Save Our Schools" and began chanting "Save Nichols" when Superintendent Paul Tisdale tried to speak. They did the same when School Board President Kenny Holloway spoke.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday's editions.