by: Zach Crenshaw Updated:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A former records secretary at Trezevant High School is speaking out after she was fired by SCS.
This comes just a day after former Trezevant Football Coach Teli White was suspended indefinitely.
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Shelby County Schools said Shirley Quinn admitted to a lot of wrongdoing like falsifying records. Things that she wholeheartedly denied when she got to tell her side of the story.
This time of year, Quinn would normally be getting ready to go back to school. It’s what she did for the past 24 years.
“I was the records secretary and the main office secretary,” said Quinn. That is, until October 6, 2016.
“Well, I was let go because they said I was changing grades,” said Quinn.
Shirley admits, she did indeed change grades.
“A teacher, if they asked me to change a grade, I would. That's what I did, I changed grades. That was my job, in my job description.”
SCS though, claims what happened was far from protocol.
In their internal investigation report, they said Quinn admitted to falsifying student records, allowing unauthorized access to Powerschool, and failing to follow procedures or protocols related to grade changes.
“That's a lie, I never admitted to falsifying. How did I falsify student records?” asked Quinn.
Quinn told us she also never intentionally allowed anyone to access her computer.
“Because I would get up, help someone and not sign off. So they are saying it was easy access for someone to come and sit at my desk,” asserted Quinn.
The report, though, states that Quinn identified teachers, counselors, and other staff members who she recalled using one of her computer workstations.
Investigators also claim Quinn said she, “only did what [she] was or asked to do.”
“When I walked in the door, I felt like they were out to get me. There was nothing I could say. They said, ‘You want to be the fall guy?’ I said, ‘I will be the fall girl because I don't want anyone else to have to go through what you all have put me through’. That's what I said,” said Quinn.
Former Trezevant Football Coach Teli White was named extensively in report, but only suspended 5 days. He’s now under investigation again.
“You already punished him, and then you hired him and let him go. Why are you all treating him like that? That's double jeopardy,” said Quinn.
Since she was let go, Quinn said she has been depressed at times, but she’s not ready to put the grading scandal behind her just yet.
“I have an attorney now and the rest, just stay tuned,” said Quinn.
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