Students return, gas station puts up sign banning them - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Students return, gas station puts up sign banning them

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Northwest Prep Academy students filled the BP gas station on Poplar Avenue again on Tuesday. 

The station, which was the location of a mob attack by students a couple days ago, was under police surveillance when students were let out of school on Monday.

On Tuesday, police officers were nowhere to be found until after students filled the lot. Once officers arrived, the students were told to continue to their destination.

The gas station put up a handwritten sign banning students from going into the store.

The sign and extra security comes after a surveillance video caught a large group of students beating up a man who was walking a woman to her car. 

The students are seen hitting the man, pinning him against a building, and then kicking his vehicle. 

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says this speaks to a much larger problem: poverty. He says fighting is what these kids know how to do.
 
"It breaks my heart to see our students so angry and engage in such levels of violence," Superintendent Hopson said. "I think at the end of the day, what it shows is that there is a problem in the community and City of Memphis. Poverty is suffocating."
 
Hopson says the school is working with police to identify the students in the video.

Click here to see still photos we've pulled from the surveillance footage. If you can help police identify any of the teens on the video by recognizing their face or clothing, please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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