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High-school students robbed on campus

Four students were held up by a man with a shotgun Thursday morning onthe campus of Lakewood High School.

School officials now are considering ways to limit access to the campus, including closing the only gate left open during school hours and posting a security guard to check everyone who goes through.

"We have never had any incident like this," said Principal Barbara Broughton. "Our security procedures are about as tight as I think they can be."

Three students who were late for school were robbed about 8 a.m. as they approached the entrance to Lakewood, 1400 54th Ave. S. The man, in his early 20s, then held up a fourth student in a car in the parking lot. The man escaped in a car with the students' jewelry, including a class ring, said Pinellas School District spokeswoman Carol Jackson.

The incident was reported to police about a half hour later, according to police records. A detailed description of the robber was not available from police late Thursday.

Broughton said she maintains tight security at Lakewood.

Staffers monitor the parking lots before and after school hours. Gates are locked during the day, with the exception of the access to the parking lot off of 54th Avenue S. She said the school has not had the staff to monitor that entrance

throughout the day, though that might change.

"This is not a unique kind of idea - to close down a campus," she said, adding that guards are posted at entrances to some schools in other school districts in Florida.

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