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Students robbed, threatened with gun while waiting for bus at Rufus King High School

Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 23:21:09-04

MILWAUKEE — Rufus King High School students were robbed and threatened with a gun while waiting for their school bus Monday afternoon, according to the school and Milwaukee police.

Police said it happened around 3:45 p.m. Police described the incident as "Unknown suspects were removing property from students."

Police noted the robbers showed a gun after being approached. Shortly after, the suspects got away in a car.

"That's kind of frightening, that's the kind of thing you think in a terrible neighborhood at two in the morning. But not right after where kids are out on a sunny day,” Mollie Newcomb, a parent, said.

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Newcomb, the parent of a tennis player, said she got messages from the school twice, one for each of her kids.

"I also got an email saying - an email from the principal - saying there was an incident with the soccer practice last night,” Newcomb said.

MPD said they are trying to find unknown suspects.

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“They're trying to go to school, they're trying to make something out their lives. This is a good school. King is a good school,” said one parent who didn’t want to be identified.

Rufus King Principal Phyllis Anderson said in a note to families that the victims were the school's boys soccer team players, who were waiting for their school bus:

"This is Principal Anderson with an important message. Our boys soccer team experienced an unfortunate incident last night while waiting for their bus at school. We are working closely with the Milwaukee Police Department on this situation, and I am please to share that no one was injured.

Moving forward, for the safety of students and staff, new procedures were implemented today. All students who are waiting for a bus or a ride will be asked to wait in front of the school after daily dismissal. Students may wait inside the locked entryway for their rides to ensure safety.

If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact the school office.

I look forward to seeing everyone in class tomorrow!"

The district also noted it is offering counseling for any student who would need it.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.

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