MCS Decides Not To Transfer Teacher after Students Protest

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(Memphis) Students at East High School say one of their teachers has made a lasting impact on their lives and they were not going to let administrators transfer her to another school without a fight.

Nearly 100 students gathered in the hallway, refusing to go to class, standing up for Ms. Hightower, a teacher they love.

“We’re tired of seeing teachers that we care so deeply about and that care about us, going away,” said Javian Tunstall.

The latest was their health and science teacher, who was being transferred to another high school after working 27 years at East High.

“Thats the problem,” said Devin Payne, a senior. “We've waited too long. We've been passive for too long and if we didn't come out today, who knows who is next.”

Payne said students decided to protest when the principal failed to give answers to their questions.

“We've tried talking to him but he told us there is nothing he can do, so we are trying to reach out to his bosses and get them to try to stop this,” said Payne.

Memphis City Schools did listen and decided not to transfer Ms. Hightower, for now.

MCS told us the teacher will get to finish the rest of the school year and then will likely be transferred.

They say this will create better programs for both high schools.


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