Published November 17, 2014
North Carolina school officials say they are re-examining school security procedures after a teacher was locked in a classroom closet and robbed Tuesday night, MyFox8.com reports.
A pre-Kindergarten teacher escaped injury when she was attacked at gunpoint around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Alderman Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C. The teacher had reportedly gone back to the school to do some work, police said.
The suspect tied the teacher up and forced her into a closet inside a classroom. The man then stole the her ATM card and SUV, police said.
"It could have been any employee. This person is just someone trying to do a good job and trying to do the right thing in terms of what they're focusing on in the classroom," said Nora Carr, chief of staff for Guilford County Schools.
Carr told Fox 8 that the school district is considering options that will tighten security during after-school hours.
"I don't think the answer is that we shut down access to our campus," she said, "I think the answer is that we all need to work together to make sure our schools are safe."
Police are still searching for the suspect and the teacher's stolen car. Authorities are urging anyone with information on the crime to contact the Greensboro Crimestoppers at 336-373-1000.