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18-year olds from Florissant charged in robbery at high school

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Jalen Hayes and Christopher Taylor II.

Jalen Hayes and Christopher Taylor II.

HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged two Florissant men in connection with an armed robbery inside a high school bathroom.

According to prosecutors, the robbery occurred April 8 at Hazelwood Central High School. The victim said two people confronted him in the bathroom and robbed him at knifepoint.

Investigators apprehended Jalen Hayes and Christopher Taylor II. Both were charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

Taylor and Hayes remain jailed on $75,000 bond.

The Hazelwood School District issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

“Given the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we cannot provide specific details about this matter. However, what we can share is when situations of this nature occur, it is immediately investigated by our School Resource Officer (SRO), and school administrators. As a result, students must face any criminal charges issued by the police, in addition to disciplinary action at school in accordance with the Hazelwood School District’s Student-Parent Handbook and Behavior Guide.

“We work hard in our schools to create an atmosphere where students can feel comfortable alerting an adult if they see or hear something that causes concern. The safety of our students and staff remain a high priority. We would like to take this opportunity to ask parents to help us maintain safe schools by reminding their child that weapons or toys that resemble a weapon are not allowed on school grounds or on the school bus, at any time. We believe that working together will help to strengthen school safety.”