Local high school secretary fired for changing grades sues school district, alleges discrimination

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Trezevant High School secretary who was fired for changing grades is suing the school district, alleging discrimination.

FOX13 is the only station with a copy of the lawsuit.

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The secretary claims the men involved in the grading scandal were able to keep their jobs.

She said she was fired because she's an older woman.

When we talked to Shirley Quinn last month, she said she simply did what she was told when she worked in the main office at Trezevant High School.

“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,” said Quinn.

SCS found grade discrepancies at the school in the fall of 2016.

Four employees were investigated including Quinn, head football Coach Teli White, and two other male coaches.

“When I walked in the door I felt like they were out to get me. There was nothing I could say,” said Quinn.

Quinn alleges in the lawsuit that she was treated differently than the others involved.

The lawsuit claims, "Despite the fact that the investigation is 'ongoing,' Ms. Quinn is the only employee who was prematurely terminated from her position."

It goes on to say that, "All of the similarly situated young male employees have retained their employment with Shelby County Schools."

“We did an extensive investigation, and was only able to document one person. That one person was Shirley Quinn," said Dorsey Hopson, SCS superintendent.

Hopson said the investigation in the fall of 2016 only connected grade changes to Quinn's computer.

“Although we thought there had to be more, but in the spirit of due process, just because you think somebody did something, you have a strong, sneaky suspicion somebody did something, you can't act on them,” said Hopson.

Quinn was fired before Ronnie Mackin penned his explosive resignation letter, that has launched new investigations of Shelby County Schools’ grading practices.

In the lawsuit, Quinn demands to be reinstated and to be reimbursed for lost wages and benefits.

We reached out to SCS late Friday. The spokesperson said they are unaware of this lawsuit which was filed three days ago at Shelby County Circuit Court.