A staff member of an elite Adelaide private college is recovering after being attacked and robbed at the school gate.
The catering team member was standing at the rear gates of St Peter’s College a couple of hours before the start of the school day this morning when she was set upon.
A man wearing dark clothing ran up, knocked her to the ground, and stole her handbag.
She suffered a cut to her head and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Police say the man jumped into a waiting car that headed towards Magill Road.
Security video from a nearby house shows a dark car in the street around the time of the mugging, but it is not known if it is the getaway car.
Parents were shocked by the violent attack and hope the man responsible is caught soon.
“I think it’s horrible, I think it’s terrible. It’s scary actually. A lot of things are happening at the moment to women,” a parent said.
One dad told 7 News he was angry to hear the news of the attack.
“I’m a little irate that I heard that this morning, because I just dropped my young son off and now my other son, and if I hear that around here it just makes my blood boil,” he said.
In a statement to parents, a college spokesperson said: “Our colleague is shaken and is receiving treatment for minor injuries … A review of our current security protocols will be undertaken.”
Police were called in and an investigation is underway.
A third parent told 7 News they were confident St Peter’s would follow through with its promise of a safety review.
“It’s a very good school they look after their staff and their students,” she said.