Enloe beefs up security in area

Student robbed, another attacked

Staff WriterDecember 20, 2008 

— Police presence and school security are being stepped up around Enloe High School after one student was robbed at gunpoint and another was assaulted Thursday morning near campus.

Raleigh police will increase patrols near campus as students arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon at the request of Enloe Principal Beth Cochran, according to Jim Sughrue, a police spokesman.

In a telephone message to parents Friday, Cochran said school security will work longer hours to patrol the perimeter of the campus and the parking lots.

Cochran also said she has talked with Enloe's neighbors to enlist their assistance in closely watching the community around the school, which is on Clarendon Crescent in East Raleigh.

On Thursday, Sughrue said a male student was walking to school on the 300 block of Bertie Drive near the Longview Pool around 7 a.m. when he was approached by two men. One suspect pulled a handgun and robbed the student of his iPod.

Around the same time at that location, Sughrue said another male student reported he was approached by two men, one of whom had a knife. The student said he was pushed to the ground but not robbed.

Sughrue said it's likely both students were approached by the same suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 996-3555.

Thursday's incidents are the latest that have raised concerns about security around the school.

In September, six students were arrested in what police called an on-campus, gang-related fight involving 30 students.

On Nov. 25, three people beat up a student after school in a campus parking lot. Enloe's PTSA sent an e-mail message this month warning students not to walk alone on campus.

Mark Carey, who has a daughter at Enloe, is glad that security is being increased. He said things have gotten worse since his two older children graduated from Enloe.

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