A white mother in Tennessee said she regrets calling 911 on her daughter’s Black boyfriend after he was fatally shot by police officers, KUTV reports. Regina Perkins called police last Monday (April 12) after her daughter, Alexus Page, got into a physical altercation with her boyfriend, 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr.
Regina told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Alexus, who had been dating Anthony for nine months, called her from the assistant principal’s office upset about the fight and was allowed to leave school early. The teen came home from school with marks on her face and missing hair, Regina said.
“Alexus told me that she was grabbed and that her hair was pulled, and that is really what led me to feel that I needed to do more,” she said.
Regina told the outlet she tried to contact Anthony’s mother before calling police, but was unsuccessful. An officer later came by Regina’s house to take a statement, and she said she texted Anthony to let him know that an officer would be arriving at the school.
“Anthony was aware that I had called the police and made a report,” she said.
Regina also told police that it was unlikely that Anthony was armed. However, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says police were acting on a report of a possible gunman at the school. Regina said she realized the school was on lockdown after seeing a helicopter flying overhead.
During a confrontation between Anthony and multiple cops, the teenager was fatally shot by an officer in a school bathroom.
“I am so sorry and I never meant for anything to happen to him,” Regina said. “We are mourning. My daughter is grieving the loss of her first love and we also want answers and justice in this case.”
During the struggle, one school resource officer was shot in the leg. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation claims Anthony did have a gun; however, they said the bullet that wounded the officer was not discharged from his weapon. Investigators have not disclosed how many officers confronted Anthony in the bathroom or which officers fired shots.
Anthony’s family, Regina and the community have called on police to release their body camera footage from the shooting. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon also called for the footage to be made public, but the Knox County District Attorney General refused.
Regina said the relationship between her daughter and Anthony was unhealthy, but she regrets calling the police.
“[Alexus] loved him, she really did,” she said. “He was a good kid. He had dreams and goals, but he had some struggles. They both have gone through a lot of things and, as a parent, I felt it was necessary to protect her after I saw things were heading in the wrong direction the last few months.”
“That child should not be dead,” she added. “We all want justice for Anthony. He should still be here.”