Man claims students use phony address to attend “better” schools

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man said he has proof students are using phoney addresses to attend “better” schools in Shelby County.

Cal Millner keeps getting mail from Shelby County Schools.

“I saw that it was a report card from White Station High School,” Millner said.

He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the mail, because he lives alone and doesn’t have any children attending White Station High School.

“What does it take to get into high school these days?” he wondered.

Millner has been receiving report cards, summer school letters, and senior pictures reminders.

He asked, “How’d they do this? What happened? What happened to the system?”

WREG requested answers from the school district.

An SCS spokesperson responded with the following statement:

We require two proofs of residency at registration to confirm that students live within that particular school’s attendance zone.  If a person believes their address is being falsely utilized, we encourage them to report it to the respective school office.

Millner said he called the school to report the issue.

“She said, ‘Well, why don’t you just mark on there return to sender, drop it in the mailbox, and we’ll take care of it’,” Millner said.

He also sent a letter to the school board but never heard back.

Millner says he’s glad the children are in school, but wants to make sure they’re in the right one.  He also wants his address taken off of the school’s list.

“Maybe the school system could find out where they’re at now, where they actually live, and get this straight,” Millner said.

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