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Pugh ES cafeteria workers deny intruder entry to campus

2013 December 19
by HISD Communications

Zaye Roberts (center) with Coralia Pacay, Mark Welch, Alberta Trujillo, and Marisol Rodriguez (L-R)

This week’s Shout Out goes to Zaye Roberts, a Food Services attendant in Pugh Elementary School’s cafeteria, who was recognized along with three of her co-workers at the Nov. 14 meeting of the HISD Board of Education for her bravery in refusing an agitated person access to the school on Oct. 2.

Roberts was on her way back to the cafeteria that day when she witnessed a commotion in the front office involving a parent who was trying to force his way onto campus. After being denied access there, he attempted to gain entry through the cafeteria by bullying his way past Roberts and her colleagues.

“She immediately confronted the intruder and let him know that he could not enter the school without going through the front office,” said Food Services General Manager Mark Welch. “He became agitated and used profanity to try to intimidate his way into the school, but Zaye, backed up by Coralia Pacay, Alberta Trujillo, and Marisol Rodriguez, stood her ground and let him know that ‘These are my children, and I will keep them safe.’ And the individual turned around and left.”

Welch described Roberts’ actions as “heroic” and commended her and her colleagues for going “above and beyond” the call of duty.

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