Memphis Mother Speaks Out About Gang Violence

Memphis Mother Speaks Out About Gang Violence

The mother of the Douglas High School teen shot on his way home from school Wednesday is speaking out. She says her son was attacked for walking down the wrong street. The teen had forgotten his bus pass and wasn't allowed on the school bus to ride home.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-- Gang violence is taking over Memphis neighborhoods. The mother of the Douglas High School teen shot on his way home from school Wednesday is speaking out.

She says her son was attacked for walking down the wrong street. The teen had forgotten his bus pass and wasn't allowed on the school bus to ride home. His mom wants so many things to change.

She of course wants the violence to stop, but changing a whole neighborhood is a tall order. One small thing she think can change is the school policy that kept her son off the bus, putting him in the situation that got him shot.

"My oldest son texted me and said mom Roderick got shot. I couldn't breathe, I panicked," said Tonya, who's asked us not use her last name for safety reasons. Her 17 year old son Roderick is now a gun shot victim.

"I was like, he was just coming home from school. How did he just get shot from school? He let me know Roderick couldn't get on the school bus because he didn't have a pass," Tonya said. 

So her two sons had to walk the two miles home, through streets controled by gang members.

"It's like you are on my territory so you don't get home," Tonya said. 

Her sons didn't on Wednesday. They live in Mitchell Heights, but go to Douglas High School. The communities may be two miles apart, but they're worlds away from each other.

"Every day kids are being harrassed walking home from school," Tonya said. "10-15 of young adults stand out here. They harrass students who don't live in the Douglas area."

"Police need to control it in morning and evening," said Isaac Mitchell, who saw the shooting. "We've got a lot of this gang problem going on in the neighborhood especially in this school."

"Hopefully the school officials will make it where even if you lose a bus pass you can ride," Tonya said. "The school officials are familiar with the student. They know that student doesn't live in the district and needs to get home safely. No one else should have to go through this."

Roderick is recovering. He was shot in the ribs. He was released from the hospital Wednesday night.

As for whoever shot him, Memphis police arrested 17 year old Isaac Macklin. He's charged with five counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. Officers are still looking for another suspect.
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