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Three Decatur High School students robbed at gunpoint

1:36 AM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
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Decatur High School officials are beefing up security after several students were robbed at gunpoint after a Friday night football game.

All three robberies occurred in the span of an hour as the game was letting out and the students were either walking home or waiting to be picked up by their parents.

"It was very scary. We didn't know what to do. We were like, 'Oh my God, this guy has a gun to our friend," said freshman C.J. Hines.

Hines says he and four friends were approached by three men who asked them for the time. Hines says his friend pulled out his cell phone and moments later, he was in a choke hold with a gun to his throat.

Police say the robbers took the phone and fled on MARTA.

The school system says they plan to add an additional six law enforcement officers to patrol the campus and surrounding neighborhood after football games.

Decatur High School already hired six off-duty police officers to provide security inside the stadium.

School officials are also encouraging parents to pick their children after evening events rather than allowing them to walk home.

The school is also adding additional lighting on campus to give would-be thieves fewer places to hide.

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