Parents Upset School Announced Closing Before Telling Them

(Memphis) Friday, Bishop Byrne High School refused to tell News Channel 3 or upset parents why it told the media it was closing before telling parents.

Many parents learned on TV or when they showed up to school in Whitehaven Friday Morning.

Joan Huggins showed News Channel 3 a letter she received Friday morning saying Bishop Byrne is closing.

The mom paid thousands of dollars to the school for her son’s education.

Now, there is no guarantee he will graduate from another Catholic High School next year.

“I would think that his future is really in question right now,” said Huggins.

Mayme Tuggle’s grandson is also a junior at the school.

Friday, she flagged down News Channel 3 to let us know how upset she was about the closure and the way the school notified families, “They should have told us at the beginning of the year and closed grade by grade."

Tuggle is also upset because she just spent hundreds of dollars on a class ring and other paraphernalia students purchase for their upcoming senior  year.

The items, which all say 'Bishop Byrne High School,' are expected to arrive within the next week.

Tuggle feels it was all a waste of money.

Bishop Byrne leaders say the intention was to mail a letter to parents this week, before telling the media.

Why that did not happen is not clear.

Tuggle says that’s no excuse, “I feel like we are being put off by the Catholic Diocese. They didn’t decide at the last minute to close the school."

It’s a decision parents say, now leaves them with a bunch of questions.

 “We don't know where he is going to go we don't know what’s going to happen to him, where he is going to placed,” said Huggins.

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