Two teenage girls robbed at gunpoint while walking home from Ruskin High School

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two 15-year-old girls were robbed at gunpoint Thursday night while walking home from Ruskin High School.

Police say the girls had left the school at about 8 p.m. after attending an afterschool program where students build competitive robots.

The girls only made it a few blocks away before four men attacked them near Ruskin Way and Bristol Terrace.

Police say one of the men had a gun and told the girls, "Give me everything you got."

The suspects took the girls' backpacks, which had books, supplies and money, police said.

The girls ran back to the school and reported the crime to their teachers.

"I would think for 15, 50, 75, I don't care what age you are, I think something like this would rattle you," Hickman Mills School District Spokesman John Baccala said. "Especially when it's in your neighborhood."

As a result of the crime, the robotics teachers have changed their policy and are requiring students have a ride home from practice. No students will be allowed to walk home in the dark.

The gunman was described as a black man between 17 and 19 years old. He's about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build and was last seen wearing a camouflage bandana and coat.

The robber who helped take the items was a similar age and height. He had dreadlocks and bangs that came down to his eyebrows. The victims said he had "messed up teeth."

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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