Concerns mount as incidents of school violence increase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Concerns mount as incidents of school violence increase

Childress has a history of charges, including theft and driving without a license. (Photo Source: SCSO) Childress has a history of charges, including theft and driving without a license. (Photo Source: SCSO)
ARLINGTON, TN (WMC) -

Although It's now spring break for students in Shelby County, flashing blue lights and police cars were the scene outside of several schools earlier in the week.

Deputies say shots were fired in the parking lot of Bolton High School Friday after a reported fight. Daron Childress, 20, has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment for use of a deadly weapon on school grounds.

“It scares me because this is a very quiet community,” said Joyce Miller, who lives near Bolton High School.

Thursday, Shelby County Schools resource officers were forced to use pepper spray to break up a fight between two students at Douglass High School. Two students were detained.

The same day, only minutes apart, a fight at Snowden School left one student detained.

Then on Wednesday, police say school officers used pepper spray during a fight between two girls in the cafeteria at A. Maceo Walker Middle School.

Police say they've been called to the school 27 times since August of 2014, mostly for fights and disturbances.

"It's scary, it's real scary, especially when this is supposed to be a good school and I got my son going her to get a good education,” said A. Maceo Walker Middle parent Joe Franklin.

SCS says at least 11 guns and 8 knives were found on school grounds during the 2013-2014 school year.

Some parents say it's begs the question, what's being done to keep school's safe?

“It's frightening to think,” added Miller.

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