Gunshot hits school bus in Whitehaven, injuring girl

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 15-year-old girl on her way home from school was injured Monday when someone fired a shot at a school bus, Memphis Police said.

The bus was carrying students home from Fairley High School when the driver thought she heard a shot in the area of Graceland and Raines Road in Whitehaven around 4 p.m.

The bus pulled over at a gas station at Raines and Millbranch and the driver called police and an ambulance.

On Tuesday morning, police tweeted that the teen was not shot. Instead her injury was caused by debris from the window that was struck. She was treated and released from the hospital on Monday.

"I'm very concerned and scared for my son," a parent said. "It's kind of dangerous around here, especially over in the Pepper Tree since we live close to it. Like I said, I have an 11-year-old son that has to travel back and forth to go to school."

A neighbor tells us gunfire is getting more and more frequent in the area.

"It's just really about every other night."

Police say it's unclear if it was a drive-by shooting, or if the gunman was on foot.

Jocquell Rodgers, with Green Dot Public Schools, tells us usually about 30 students ride on that bus, which picks up Fairley and Hillcrest High School.

"Of course student safety is out top priority, and we're always thinking of ways to make sure our students are safe in school as well as out of school," she said.

Now, parents say their responsibility is to remain vigilant.

Police do not have a suspect and Rudolph asked anyone with information to call 528-CASH.


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