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Lee High student robbed at gunpoint on way home

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The student told police he was robbed at gunpoint while on the way home from school Monday. The student told police he was robbed at gunpoint while on the way home from school Monday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A student walking home from school was held up at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

It happened less than a mile away from Lee High School, on Academy Drive in Huntsville before 5:30. A 16-year-old student told police he was walking home when a man came out of nowhere, pointed a gun at him and took what he had.

It is the sort of situation that parents of children who walk home from school have nightmares over. Lenard Lanford walks his daughter and a group of other children to school every day because he knows what's out there.

"Nowadays, you never know. I just make sure they get home and get to school each morning," said Lanford.

School policy is that high school and middle school students who live less than five miles away from campus are not eligible for bus service. For elementary school students, that radius drops to two miles.

A school spokesperson said there is nothing they can do when a child leaves school. No notification was sent out to parents following the hold-up. If there was a perceived threat to students, like a sex offender nearby, then a notification would be sent.

Monday's incident is a reminder to students who do walk to and from school to walk in groups, be aware of your surroundings, and to follow the old saying – don't talk to strangers.

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