Two 18-year-old teenagers have been charged with assaulting a 17-year-old student at Whitehaven High School.
According to WREG in Tennessee, the knockout game that has swept parts of the country like New York has made its way down south. “I’ve heard about it in New York, like upstate,” says local resident Ray McClain. Now, police say four people are being eyed in a knockout game incident in Memphis.
Jerrean Eason and Marcus Hopson, both 18, as well as two other unidentified teenage boys under 18, are accused of randomly assaulting a 17-year-old student who was leaving the school building.
“These children don’t care about life no more. They just live to be violent,” says local resident George Martin.
Ray McClain says it has left the neighborhood feeling uneasy. “Stay alert,” he says. “Look around, if I see a gang of young guys, veer off the other way.”
Ann Williams, another neighbor, says “I can’t say how it makes me feel, but it’s not a good feeling. They need to patrol the outside as well as the inside.”
The two arrested teenagers have already been released from prison after their bond was set at just $100.
The teenager who was attacked is currently at home recovering.
This incident is one of numerous knockout game assaults around the country in recent weeks. Perhaps the most headline-grabbing was a case in Philadelphia where a gang of teenage girls attacked a Temple University student and her boyfriend with a brick, leaving the girl’s jaw and teeth broken and dislocated.