East High’s ‘Dirty Secret’ Gets National Attention

(Memphis) Three days after trying to stop WREG crews from asking about sex and drug paraphernalia at East High, the person paid by Shelby County schools to be the voice of the district to keep you informed is finally doing that.

“You’ve pointed this out for two days, so we’ve been looking into it,” Chief Communications officer Emily Yellin said.

But Yellin is not saying what they are finding or where they’re looking.

Reporter: “Has some actually been down in the basement?

Yellin: “We’ve been looking into it.”

Reporter: “But has someone actually gone down there?”

Yellin: “It’s ongoing and it really wouldn’t be responsible of me to comment too much.”

The lack of response by the district became the focus of Ben Ferguson’s syndicated talk show on Thursday.

He played WREG’s investigation into evidence showing signs of sex and drug paraphernalia in the East High basement and the districts response to it.

“Look at how the administration of the now Shelby County Schools react to these allegations. They go into defense mode. They don’t do anything to condemn it. They don’t say they are shocked. Don’t say they are going to launch an investigation. They don’t say anything to make you think they will protect your kids,” Ferguson said on his show.

Friday the district would only repeat the same line over and over to WREG and ignored any reference to what two people say is going on in the basement.

“We are looking into it,” she said. “We want to be really careful about this because people lives are involved but we are looking into it.”

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