HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District Police are stepping up patrols around Bellaire High School after a student says he was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon.
The 17-year-old senior, who did not want to be identified, said he was killing time waiting for his father to pick him up after school when he decided to walk to the Chic-fil-A in Meyerland Plaza. While Bellaire High School students can get to the fast-food restaurant along sidewalks on Beechnut Street, most choose a shortcut path along a bayou.
The teen said he turned around when he realized he didn't have enough time before he had to meet his father and that's when he saw he was not alone on the trail.
"I saw him to my right. I didn't think anything at first. Then, all of a sudden, he pushes me to the ground. I hear a click, pistol to the side of my head, and he says, 'Give me everything you have,'" the teen said.
The teen handed over his iPhone and his backpack with his school-issued laptop inside.
The robber took off and the teen went back to school to report the robbery. A school resource officer searched the area but could not find the suspect.
The teen's family said the school and district need to do more to protect students.