AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Westlake High School student was robbed at gunpoint in the school’s parking lot on Thursday afternoon, according to the school’s principal.
The principal, John Carter, notified parents, students and staff about the incident late Thursday evening.
According to authorities, around 4:30 p.m. a student was walking to the junior lot on the Shriner property when a man believed to be in his 20’s, with a gun approached the student. The man took the student’s cellphone and then ran away from the parking lot.
The student was not harmed and immediately reported the incident to school officials. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the robbery.
The school had extra security staff in the parking lots on Friday. School officials say the extra security will continue for several days.
“School is supposed to be a safe environment and we’re pretty shocked to find out this happened,” said Eanes ISD spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter. “We want student’s and staff to know about the and to be aware of their surroundings.”
Parents said they were shocked when they heard about the incident.
“You think of this as a relatively safe neighborhood,” said David Holmes, whose 16-year-old son attends Westlake. “It’s a surprise.”
“We ask that students are vigilant when in school parking lots, remaining aware of their surroundings,” said Principal Carter in the letter. “While we expect this to be an isolated incident, we want to make sure that our students and staff do everything possible to stay safe.”