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Westlake student robbed at gunpoint

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Westlake students and parents told to be on alert as deputies search for a man who robbed a 16-year-old girl. It happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Travis County deputies have been circling the parking lots around the school all day.

Friday morning, Westlake High School students and parents were welcomed with more officers patrolling campus.

Deputies say on Thursday just after school let out, a 16-year-old female student was robbed at gunpoint in this parking lot of Westlake High School while waiting on her brother for a ride home.

"She was talking on her cell phone. The individual came up and displayed a weapon and took the phone from her," Travis County Sheriff Deputy Roger Wade said.

According to Travis County deputy roger wade, the teen is very shaken. They've only been able to get a vague description from her thus far. They plan to meet with her again to get better details. But didn't waste any time in saturating the campus.

"This was a startling situation for us here because the school environment is supposed to be a safe environment for our students and staff," Wade said.

The parking lot where the crime happened sits back a bit from the main building. Eanes ISD spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter says the district is already discussing more surveillance cameras.

"The majority of the cameras on our campuses are around the immediate buildings. We don't have as many in parking lots that is something we'll be looking into," McWhorter said.

While deputies search for the suspect they encourage students to stay alert to their surroundings and buddy up when walking to their cars.

If something should happen, they say do exactly what the teen victim did.

"This victim did the right thing. He said I want your phone, she gave him her phone and ran off and he ran off the opposite way," Wade said.

The student was not injured.

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