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Students robbed at gunpoint in parking lot of St. Augustine High School

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At least two gunmen held up two students in the parking lot of St. Augustine High School early Wednesday morning.

The school sent out a letter to parents about the aggravated robbery that took place on campus in the 2600 block of  AP Tureaud Ave. around 6:30 a.m.

The students were not physically harmed. Following the incident, the students immediately notified school officials, who then called New Orleans police.

The perpetrators got away with money and a cell phone.

Sean Goodwin, Principal at St. Augustine released this statement:

The safety and security of our students is our top priority. With that in mind, we are writing to inform you of an aggravated robbery that took place on campus.

On March 8, 2017, at about 6:30 a.m. two students were robbed in the student parking lot. The students were not physically harmed. Following the incident, the students immediately notified school officials and the crime was reported to the New Orleans Police Department.

The administrative team takes this situation very seriously and additional precautions, such as added security officers, are in place to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff. We will also continue to work with the police department as their investigation continues. Further, we have noticed that the New Orleans Police Department increased patrols in our area. 

We are constantly evaluating our security procedures and physical protection systems, which include lighting, cameras, locks, and campus access. School staff routinely informs and reinforces security measures of the facilities for the safety of all students, staff, and visitors.

We thank you for your continued support.

Sean J. Goodwin,

Principal, St. Augustine High School

The NOPD has increased patrols in the area, and St. Augustine President Kenneth St. Charles said the school is stepping up security.

"We are looking at doing some different things," he said. "Putting up some cameras in certain areas. We are looking at having, again, more NOPD patrols but also having some private patrols that we will arrange for ourselves. And just doing things to make sure that the areas where students park at as they move from one area to another is safe when they're here."

The school said it is evaluating security procedures and physical protection systems in a letter to parents and staff.

A resident who did not want to be identified tells Fox 8 the neighborhood surrounding the school is dangerous and the parking lot does not have lighting. She also believes security measures should have already been in place to protect students. 

"That's exactly what the parking lot needs to help prevent these kinds of things from happening," the resident said. "Somebody can get hurt. Good thing no one got hurt this time but who's to say when the next time it's going to happen." 

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