New Information About The Grading Scandal At Trezevant High School

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - A former Trezevant coach tells the Local I Team he isn't surprised student athletes transcripts were changed adding he believes it occurs across the district.

Former Trezevant assistant football coach Milton Kirk was convicted on a felony charge connected to a football scandal at Trezevant years ago. Former head coach Lynn Lang was also convicted.

 Kirk told me it's a shame people didn't learn from the mistakes he made.

“Trezevant is not the only school,” said Milton Kirk, a former coach. Kirk has been watching the grade changing story closely.

In 2001, Kirk was indicted on charges connected to former Trezevant football star and Alabama player Albert Means. Means was essentially sold to the University of Alabama.

In a pay for play scandal where boosters paid to have Means steered towards Alabama in exchange for cash.

Kirk says. Means also needed help to qualify academically.

At the time Means'  GPA wasn't the issue the ACT test was the problem.
 

“We had another high school team mate take the test for him,” said Kirk.

Kirk says during the time he worked at Trezevant changing athletes grades wasn't uncommon.

“When you are trying to win and wanting to win some coaches will do whatever it takes to win," said Kirk.

According to this internal report from Shelby County Schools, last fall the school's former longtime secretary Shirley Quinn was blamed for the grade change.

Quinn says she was the scapegoat that the school's football coach and teachers often asked her to change grades.

The report found former coach Teli White had altered student transcripts on his computer but investigators found no direct evidence he was aware or participated in the transcripts changes.

“She's the only one? she's right when she says she is the scape goat. They didn't just do me and land. They did me and any other they found in on it,” said Kirk
 

Quinn lost her job last fall but spoke out for the first time to the Local I Team after Trezevant's former principal blew the whistle in his resignation letter
 

“They swept her under the rug hoping it would go away but it didn't go away it came back to haunt them and it wasn't her telling it. She never would have talked if the principal hadn't talked.,” said Kirk.
 


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