UPDATE: The woman accused in stabbing two students near Raleigh-Egypt High School Monday afternoon remains in jail on an $80,000 bond.
Shelby County General Sessions Court records show Valerie Potts, 33, who is facing two aggravated assault charges after stabbing the students with a kitchen knife, did not have legal representation during her initial appearance. She is due back in court Sept. 4.
Potts is also due back in court Sept. 9 on a separate charge.
(from previous reports)
Memphis Police have charged Valerie Potts with two counts of aggravated assault after she allegedly stabbed two Raleigh-Egypt High School students while they were walking home from school Monday.
According to a sworn police affidavit filed Monday evening, the 33-year-old used a kitchen knife to stab the two students. She stabbed one of the teens in the back and another girl was slashed above her right eye.
Potts and two other female teens were taken into custody in connection with the double stabbing of two other female teens near Raleigh-Egypt High School.
One of the injured teens was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to be treated for non-critical stab wounds. The other injured teen was treated at the scene and released.
Both victims identified Potts in a photo lineup.
Police said two teens attacked the two other teens at around 2:35 p.m. in the 3900 block of Tessland, police said. Potts, identified as a mother, allegedly joined into the scuffle.
"One of the parents of the students was driving by and I think she witnesses this," said Major Lamert Ross, Old Allen Station Shift Commander. "She got involved in it. At that point a knife somehow got into it. We are not exactly sure who had the knife but two of the girls were injured."
After the assault, crime scene technicians searched the mother's home for the weapon used in the attack.
Potts is expected to appear in Shelby County General Sessions Court Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
"Next thing I noticed was one of the sheriff's cars blue lights came on and the other cars immediately started flying off the school lot," said Cliford Bonham, parent, who was picking up his son at Raleigh-Egypt Middle School when the fight broke out between the four girls down the block.
Bonham wants to see more security not just in the schools but also in the neighborhoods around them.
"If the security staff whether it would have been Shelby County Schools system or the sheriff's department was patrolling the neighborhoods around the schools maybe this incident would not have happened," he said.
Under the new school policing procedures, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is responsible for what happens on the Raleigh-Egypt High School campus. If something happens off campus it's the Memphis Police Department's responsibility.
Officers say in this situation both agencies worked well together.
"We work with the deputies on the scene at the school with the school administrators," Major Ross said. "Nothing had happened during school time everything happened once school was let out this evening."
MPD was able to ID the suspects quickly with help from sheriff's deputies working in the high school. Major Ross said the new system worked.
"The bottom line when it comes to children we're going to all work together," he said. "We're going to do what we have to do to make sure that the situation is handled properly."
Shelby County Schools Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson released a statement Monday saying he and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong met over the weekend to discuss school policing. It's the first time the two men met face to face since the district merger.
"Memphis Police Director Tony Armstrong and I met this weekend to discuss safety and security in Shelby County Schools. It was a very productive meeting. We both agreed that our highest priority is to work together to ensure that all of our students are safe in our schools. We began to talk about what changes are needed. Following our conversation, I also spoke with Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham and, like Director Armstrong, he continues to be committed to making sure that every school in the entire county has the highest level of safety and security possible. Each of us has instructed our staffs to review policies and procedures, in light of events of the first three weeks of this school year, and we intend to implement any necessary changes as soon as possible. The three of us expect to confer again, and regularly through the school year, to collaborate in this ongoing effort. I thank Director Armstrong and Sheriff Oldham for their continued concern and strong sense of urgency about the safety and security of our students, teachers and staff."
FOX13 News reporter Mat Gerien contributed to this report.
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