Hanging out at the mall is a favorite past time of many of our students. However, two 9th grade girls, Genesis McGee and Sydney Stanley, got more than they bargained for while they were hanging out at the Jasper Mall this past weekend.
The students stated that they were merely standing outside on the sidewalk enjoying their trip to the mall, when out of the corner of their eye they saw a man running towards the mall. Having both decided this event was strange, they decided to pursue him. “We originally thought it was a fight,” Sydney said. As they were racing to see what was happening, they realized that this guy was not a typical shopper. “Then we saw him snatch a purse from a ladies hand causing her to drop her child,” Sydney added. When the girls saw the baby fall to the ground it made them instantly mad. The students both knew that a robbery was in progress and decided to take matters into their own hands. “We had to chase him into a corner and retain him until the officer on duty arrived on the scene.” The girls said that they used a corner of the building to trap the guy. Luckily for them, an officer was on duty, saw the action, and immediately came to their assistance.
After the officer arrived, the officer began to question the students and the guilty party. The officer originally thought that the girls and the guy were involved in some sort of fight. McGee stated, “Getting questioned was an interesting experience.” The ladies’ husband came over and explained what the guy had done to his wife and child. The officer took over the situation from there on out and thanked the girls for their help in stopping this criminal. This is truly an example of Walker High School students standing above the rest in their community.
DISCLAIMER: Although in this instance, our students proved to be very helpful – Walker High School does not encourage any student to take the law into their own hands.
By: Ryan May and Kyle Taylor