SCS Suspends High School Coach Amid Grading Scandal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - New information on a Shelby County Schools football coach at the center of a grade changing scandal. The Local I-Team has confirmed Coach Teli White was put on suspension just one day after a former secretary at Trezevant High School shared her story exclusively with Local 24.

The secretary said White asked her to change students' grades when he worked at the high school. According to several school board members, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson sent them an email June 21st It said White was being put on administrative suspension.

"I can't lie and say no, coach never told me or ask me to change grades because he did. He had a whole lot of kids," said Shirley Quinn, former secretary.

Comments like those from Quinn were enough to re-open the investigation into Coach Teli White's involvement with grade changing.

Last year, an internal audit found that Trezevant students’ grades, including those of athletes, had been changed. Quinn had computer access to change the grades and says she did so, but only when teachers told her to. Quinn resigned in lieu of being terminated.

The June email from Superintendent Hopson said Quinn originally refused to implicate Coach White, but based on new information during the Local I-Team's interview, Hopson suspended the coach and turned the information over to the outside investigators hired by the school board.

We went to White house trying to get his side of this story, but no one answered the door.

After last year's grading scandal at Trezevant High School, White was reassigned to Melrose High, a position he's now suspended from.

We've asked Shelby County Schools whether Coach White has been suspended with or without pay. No one will tell us.

 


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