2 women walk into high school, attack 15-year-old

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 15-year-old girl was attacked inside her school cafeteria Thursday morning.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said it is searching for the two women who walked into Ridgeway High School and attacked the teenage student.

School security cameras caught the attack on video, but SCSO said the video is not being released.

SCSO Spokesman Earle Farrell said the two women walked into the school through an unlocked door Thursday morning. They asked a girl in the cafeteria if her name was "Big Red."

Before the student could answer, the women started attacking the girl.

The attack lasted around 15 seconds.

The identities of the women have not been released, and they have not been arrested.

"Anybody could just walk into your school and that could happen," 11th grader Odarrius Stewart said.

The victim's friend, 12th grader Phillip Brunson, said she twisted her ankle.

"As I walked up, I saw two women that were like adults running out the side of the school and as I turned I saw my friend on the ground and she's calling my name asking me to come help," Brunson said.

Students said the women looked like they were in their 30's or 40's.

Video shot by another student shows the women attacking the student once and then went back for more, eventually knocking her down.

The women drove off in a black sedan.

"How did they even get into the school," Brunson said.

The door to the cafeteria is unlocked so students who come to school early can get in the building.

Ridgeway High's principal sent a phone message to parents explaining what happened.

Ridgeway students are not only shocked a student was beaten, they also can't believe adults would do something like that.

"That doesn't make you sound like an adult, oh I went into a high school and I beat a kid," Stewart said.

"I just want to know what person in their right mind would beat on a kid," Brunson said. "You have no heart."

Shelby County Schools released this statement about the incident:

The staff at Ridgeway High is reviewing all safety procedures for morning arrival to help prevent this type of situation from happening in the future.

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