Parents want answers after several students attacked at school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Parents want answers after several students attacked at school

Some Mid-South parents are demanding answers after they say an attack on several students was the result of days of racial tension.

One after one, parents went into Raleigh-Egypt Elementary Monday morning wanting answers after several students were attacked Friday.

"Many kids were calling their parents in the morning around nine o'clock so they could pick them up," says Maria Perez.

A police report shows the fight started at a party in an apartment complex last weekend.

Because of a misunderstanding, two students, one black, the other Hispanic and both reportedly in gangs, got into a fight.

The fight was broken up but the students ran into each other last Wednesday in the Raleigh-Egypt Middle School lunchroom and reportedly exchanged racial slurs.

Then on Friday, nine Hispanic students were attacked in front of the middle school by black students from the middle and high schools.

Monday morning, principals from all three Raleigh-Egypt schools met with parents and members of the Hispanic community.

"This problem is coming every year. Every year it's the same. It's still problem with my child and everybody's child Mexican," says parent Rosa Ramos.

One of the biggest problems parents see is having so many schools so close together especially having older kids so close to younger ones they can so easily pick on.

While police investigate and look into a possible gang connection, school leaders say extra security has been added and they're committed to campus safety.

Memphis City Schools released a statement about the incidents at Raleigh-Egypt.

District officials say "and we are confident that the schools' continued communication with students and their families will assure them that safety has and will remain a top priority every day."


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