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Security to increase at Enloe High

Posted December 19, 2008

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— Enloe High School officials are heightening security measures in response to the recent robbery of a student while walking to school in the neighborhood behind the campus.

At about 7 a.m. Thursday, two men, armed with a gun, approached a 16-year-old walking on Bertie Drive and stole his iPod, police said. Moments later, two men with a knife pushed a 14-year-old student to the ground.

In both incidents the suspects' descriptions were similar, leading police to believe the incidents were committed by the same men.

Raleigh police are investigating the incidents.

School Principal Beth Cochran notified parents via robo call of the incidents and measures to increase security.

School officials have asked Raleigh Police to increase patrols near campus during the hours students are arriving and leaving school. The school’s security staff will work extended hours and be patrolling the perimeter of campus and the parking lots, Cochran said.

Cochran said she is talking to neighbors to ask for assistance in watching the community around the school.

Larry Wray, who lives on Bertie Drive, said he feels safe overall, but recently his family saw a strange man approach their home.

“Somebody was looking in my truck,” Wray said. “They didn’t get anything.”

The latest incident was the latest in a string of violent incidents involving Enloe High students.

In September, a gang-related fight broke out outside of the school. Eight students were charged in the brawl.

Late last month, a student was the victim of an unprovoked attack on campus, police said. Scott and Loree Idol said their son suffered a concussion from the assault.

“When he went down, they just repeatedly kicked him in the head,” Loree Idol said.

“One of the suspects was said to be holding a cell phone in a way that would make it appear he was using it to capture pictures or capture video,” Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said following the attack.

The three men who beat him up have not been caught, police said.

Despite recent violent events, Wake County Public School System statistics show Enloe High School is among the safer schools in the district.

For the 2007-2008 school year, the average crimes in all Wake County High Schools per 1,000 students was a little more than 15, according to school system numbers. Enloe’s average is nearly half that.

Scott Idol said those numbers only reflect what happens on campus.

“You have to look at everything that happens around the school to get a good picture,” Scott Idol said.

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