Teachers: Neighbors' Orange Cones Could Pose Danger

By Jackie Bensen
|  Thursday, Jan 16, 2014  |  Updated 6:08 PM EDT
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Teachers: Neighbors' Orange Cones Could Pose Danger

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Teachers at a Northwest D.C. school say residents living near the school are placing orange cones in parking lots, preventing them from parking near their work place.

Two Capital City Charter School teachers were walking back to their cars close to Odlethorpe Street and 2nd Place NW around 6 p.m. last Friday when an man with a gun approached them and robbed them.

They said they parked far from the school because the lot was full and neighboring side streets were littered with orange cones residents of the area had set out.

According to the school, many elderly neighbors wanted one side of 2nd Place reserved for their own use -- hence the orange cones. 

"Even though it's just one incident it's incredibly unsettling," head of the school Karen Dresden said.

School officials have added extra security during the afternoons and evenings. Dresden said she's also working on improving lighting in the area, which borders Rock Creek Park and can get very dark, according to some teachers.

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