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Female deputy assaulted at Memphis high school

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Booker T. Washington High School where a female deputy reported being assaulted during an altercation between several students.

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies took three children and two adults in to custody.

They said Tuesday morning, parents and students were in a meeting with administrators when the parents became aggressive. At that point, the group attacked the deputy.

The students grabbed and pushed the officer. Spectators described a violent scene as two parents attacked a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy.

"Yelling, screaming, cursing kicking the door," Delvin Lane said.

During the meeting, Marsheka Benton, 28, became irate when the deputy tried to escort her off the premises. That is when another parent, Latrisha Readus, 33, and a few students attacked the deputy.

One student even tried to take the deputy’s service weapon.

"If the parents are feeding them this type of ignorance, we have a long way to go with the kids," Lane said.

Many parents said it is this type of behavior that makes them cautious about sending their children to high school.

"If there was a better area or a better school where I could put my kids in so they would not have to come here, I would, but unfortunately it's not," one parent said.

The deputy was able to call for backup, which arrived before things got completely out of control. Nobody was seriously injured.

"These SRO's do have a very serious and dangerous job, and this could have turned out a lot worse. Thank God it didn't," said Chip Washington of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

While the parents and students are in custody, no charges have been filed yet.

“Thinking they are in a safe environment and they are not, because if you can't control the parents in a meeting, then what can be done about it?" asked one parent.

Shelby County school board member Shave Avant said this incident helps them take a closer look at safety in schools.

"This helps us to address that. If there is additional support needed in schools, then we address those needs," Avant said.

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