DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A string of armed robberies near Dallas ISD schools has parents and students concerned about safety.
DISD reports six armed robberies at or near four campuses in the past two weeks.
The most recent incident happened Friday, March 1 when two seventh graders told police armed men got out of a Chevy Impala and demanded their phones just down the street from L.V. Stockard Middle School.
The other robberies happened near Justin F. Kimball High School, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School.
The latest victims are Adrianna Morales and Diana Guerra’s children.
They say their sons and their friends were held at gunpoint, as they were stripped of their cell phone.
“They’re still very shook up and timid,” said Morales.
The mothers say they met with school officials Monday and were shocked to hear the robberies date back two weeks.
“I’m disappointed with DISD not getting the word out to parents sooner,” said Guerra.
They’re hoping if more robberies occur there will be better communication.
“Email us, call us, do a parent meeting, bring the PTA into it. Let everybody know what is going on.”
Dallas ISD shared the following statement on the matter Monday:
“Student safety in Dallas ISD is our number one priority, and we also want to help families ensure their child remains safe within the community.
Over the last few weeks, students at four Oak Cliff campuses were held at gunpoint and allegedly forced to hand over their personal belongings, particularly, their cell phones.
Most have occurred in the early evening hours, when students are waiting alone to be picked up. We encourage parents to talk to their student about safety and being aware of their surroundings. School administrators have also been informed of these incidents and asked to increase their vigilance.
Dallas ISD Police and the Dallas Police Department are working together to increase security on and around these campuses.
If you have any information or experience a similar incident, please call Dallas ISD Police at 214-932-5627.”