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By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Police Department officers are searching for two men accused of assaulting and robbing three South Doyle High School students at their bus stop Monday morning.
Officers say it happened just before 8 a.m. in the 2300 block of Island Home Avenue.
Three South Doyle High School students, two girls and one boy, were waiting for the bus to arrive when two men approached them.
Ninth grader Kayla White says the men ran out from around the corner.
"We were just talking. My friends and I were just talking and all of the sudden these guys just come up," said White.
She says they immediately grabbed the male student, an 11th grader, and started beating him up.
"The only thing I could think of was to call my mom, scream and just get away," said White.
When the two girls tried to run away, the men came after them, stealing their backpacks.
"They took our backpacks, slung us out in the middle of the road, and took our backpacks that have the laptops in them that we use for school, and they just took off running," said White.
She says the men never said a word the entire time.
"There was one black guy who was tall and skinny. He had a mask on, so I couldn't see his face. Then there was another guy who was kind of heavy set, and he had a white jacket on," said White.
Though the ordeal only lasted a few seconds, the incident was terrifying.
"I was scared. I was really scared. This has never happened to me," said White.
White's mom says she thinks the students were targeted solely for their school-issued laptops.
"I don't know if it's a good idea for them to carry it off of school property. It's an expensive piece of product and people are really desperate," said Melinda White of Knoxville.
From here on out, she says she and other parents will be going to the bus stop with their children to wait with them until the school bus arrives.
"First thing you think is 'My child and I have to save my child,'" said Melinda White.
The male student received a busted lip, but refused medical attention and continued on to school.
The suspects are described as black males. One was wearing a black jacket and a black ski mask. The other was wearing a white jacket and red sweat pants.
Police say they have developed several leads after interviewing the three victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call the KPD Crime Information Line at (865) 215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.