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Bartlett teen stabs brother over video game

By Lori Brown - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - Bartlett police are investigating a stabbing that apparently stemmed from an argument over a video game.

The attack happened at a home in the 3900 block of Cherryhill. There, investigators said, a 14-year-old boy stabbed his 17-year-old brother over a video game.

Police believe the 17-year-old was arguing with his mother about the game when his brother intervened. When the mother left the room, the 14-year-old attacked his brother, stabbing him once in the hand and twice in the back.

The victim was taken to The MED, where he remains in stable condition. Officials said his injuries are considered not life threatening.

The 14-year-old faces aggravated assault charges, and was taken to juvenile detention.

Bartlett police detectives are not releasing the names of the teens involved.

Tuesday afternoon, friends of the family said they are one of the pillars of the neighborhood.  The parents even teach a Sunday School Class at Bellevue Baptist Church.    

Neighbors called the news of the 14-year-old stabbing brother shocking.
"I think it's really sad that it happened to such a good family, because they are good good people," neighbor Elizabeth Carver said.

Neighbor Wendy Wheeler said her son is friends with the teen who got stabbed.

"They have good parents who loved them and raised them, which proves you can't always control your teenagers," she said.

Wheeler, who teaches child safety classes for the Bartlett Police Department, said it's important to teach children to stop and think things through when they get upset.

"That's the perfect example of kids not wanting to think things through," she said. "They react. They're impulsive."

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