School Board Members React To East High’s “Dirty Little Secret”

(Memphis) Shelby County Schools board members reacted Tuesday evening to disturbing pictures of what some claim is going on in East High School.

A whistle blower said video and pictures show kids are having sex and doing drugs.

“As a school board member and as a member of the community, I would be concerned,” said SCS board member Teresa Jones.

News Channel 3 showed Jones the pictures of used condoms and drug paraphernalia.

“I would think there would be an investigation,” said Jones.

Right now, it’s unclear if the administration is looking into it.

A former teacher also told WREG the principal has known about the problem for years, but has done nothing about it.

SCS Chief Communications Officer Emily Yellin gave this statement: “If we are given verifiable information, I will comment. If not, I will not.”

Tuesday night, when we wanted to get board members’ reactions to the pictures before their meeting, she wouldn’t even let us stand in the hallway to ask questions.

She also blocked us from showing pictures to board members.

When the meeting was over, board member David Reaves said he would like the district to look into it. He didn’t want to see the pictures.

“It’s kind of the first time I have heard about it. I would like the district to investigate and then get back to us with a report on whether they are real,” said Reaves.

WREG offered to give the pictures to Shelby County Schools so they can take a closer look and verify them as they say they want to.

WREG will let you know if they take us up on our offer.

12 comments

    • Harper

      Remind me again why the suburbs want their own school system? And can you honestly blame them? East High School is a cesspool school in a dirty city.

  • Willie

    Really? Channel 3 this story reminds me of a Jerry Springer episode. Please don’t go down that route with your journalism. I expected a higher standard from a station that I have watched for more than 4 decades.

    • Harper

      Does it make you mad Willie when a city school is shown in a negative light? Don’t blame WREG for reporting the news of wrong doing at this school. East High School has been a problem school for many, many years.

  • THE END

    Sounds like to maybe the staff is getting a booty call on in the basement with each other or tagging the freshman

  • Bytemeagain

    I’m glad that Channel 3 showed the used condoms and drug paraphernalia. The fact that when a teacher asked the principal about it, the principal responded by saying, “Then don’t go down there.” just let’s us know that the principal knew about it all along.
    That raises another question like:
    Is the principal accepting “rent” money from students, teachers, and outsiders in exchange for the use of the basement for those purposes? It seems to be a convenient and secluded place to “rent” out.

  • Terrie

    Most definetly check out the principal & other teachers!! These are where CHILDREN are! To Teresa Jones-make a point to get this investigated!

  • Don

    Hey, WREG, You can find who the culprits are as the evidence has all kinds of DNA. Get samples from everyone concerned. Start with the principal and teachers. If they are clean, then check to students at their parents expense. Those who refuse, you need to look at them as they are the ones who are responsible more than likely.

  • Tasha

    As an adult now and as a former MCS student this not surprising to me these types of activities has been going on for years at Melrose, North side, Hamilton high and many others and staff has always known but didn’t care.

  • Hank

    I’m sure these things DO go on at some other schools, like Tasha said. It’s a shame that some crude students do these things. Some students just do not care and belong in alternative schools. It just seems impossible to get them out of the mainstream.

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