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Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 06:23 PM CST
"It's something that was startling to us. It's not something that happens very often to us," said Eanes Independent School District spokesperson Claudia McWhorter.
But it did happen Thursday afternoon in a parking lot at Westlake High School.
While the teenager and her family didn't want to go on camera with KEYE TV because of safety concerns, off camera her mother tells us the 16-year-old was sitting on her brother's car listening to music, when a man walked up with a gun and pounded it on the hood. When she looked up he demanded the phone, grabbed it and ran off.
"She did exactly the right thing. Gave him the phone and when he turned she took off running," said Travis County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Roger Wade.
Now, McWhorter says Eanes ISD is doing the right thing, too.
"We're working with the Travis County Sheriff's Office to have increased presence in the parking lots and around the school," McWhorter said.
Then there's the issue of security cameras. While some parking lots at Westlake High do have cameras, the Shriner Lot does not. It has just a single camera that points toward the lot entrance. The camera was part of a $500,000 security upgrade back in 2011. But now, more cameras could follow.
"If we can look into getting security cameras installed or maybe higher quality security cameras, that is definitely something we'll look at," McWhorter said.
"Don't be playing with your iPad or cell phones, or doing your homework of reading books, pay attention to where you're going and what's around you. Be on the lookout," said Wade.
The girl's mother echoes that warning and says she will not rest until the robber is caught.
Authorities have not released a description because they don't have enough to go on. Wade says they'll be talking to the teen as well as other witnesses and hope to have more early next week.