14-year-old stabbed at bus stop, mother says violence stemmed from disagreement over basketball game

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are investigating after a 14-year-old girl was stabbed at her bus stop.

The incident happened off  McArthur Drive around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said a 14-year-old was stabbed during a fight with several other juveniles. The teen was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital but it expected to be okay.

The teen's mother said she was stabbed with a kitchen knife.

"I heard louder screams and I just knew there was commotion already because I could hear it on the phone and they wasn’t saying anything," said Lekisha Gray, the mother of the victim.

Minutes after her daughter, Makayla Rankin, left their home for school Gray said she received a frantic phone call from a friend.

She ran to the end of the road.

"And I saw her just bloody.”

Gray says Makayla was stabbed by another student.

Makayla's Little brother Markus, watched helplessly from the bus.

"I was just scared that she wouldn’t make it to the house," explained Markus Rankin.

The mother and son said the problems started Monday night.

There was a disagreement over a neighborhood basketball game.

They say a fight broke out and the mother of the other teens involved became aggressive.

"We tried to compromise commotion as adults me and my sister, and everybody sitting down," explained Gray.

Apparently that didn’t work out.

The drama spilled over to Tuesday morning.

Gray says the mother of the girl who stabbed her daughter encouraged the fighting.

"I could’ve lost my child this morning all because an adult want to condone violence.”

Gray says her daughter doesn’t cause problems. She tries to avoid arguments.

"It’s always she just doing her work. You know what I’m saying she just do her work and come home. We just want to be safe in our neighborhood. That’s it," she said.

Gray is thankful her daughter will be OK and said her family will not live in fear.

"I just want justice to be served and that’s it because my daughter has been strong. She’s been very strong.”

Memphis Police said no charges have been filed yet.

WREG reached out to Shelby County Schools for a comment but have not heard back.