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Supt. delivers strong message to parents at Hamilton High summit

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Memphis City Schools Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash delivered a fiery speech to parents, students and administrators at Hamilton High School Saturday.

The emotional speech came just days after a student was murdered in an off-campus shooting, possibly gang-related.

Cash had already planned to attend the "Demand Parent Summit" at Hamilton, but the event became more meaningful and timely following the murder of Hamilton High senior Rozelle Green.
"A time for reflection for Mr. Green and his family," Cash said. "It just weighs so heavy on my heart and all of our hearts because it's a young person who will never have a chance to reach his potential."

He asked Sharon Webb, a school board commissioner and minister, to lead those assembled in prayer.

"We ask for your comfort, we ask for your mercy, we ask that you would give us the wisdom to stop the senseless killing!" she said.
Her words drew tears from many in the crowd.  

Cash said the answers lie in responsibility and accountability, and that good parenting can be learned.

"In the morning, I'm going to hug them and kiss them and tell them I love them. And at the end of my day, I'm going to say 'How did you do in school today? Come to me son.'"

He said it's essential that both parents and students are literate. "It's the one variable that guarantees one of two things: Success or 201 Poplar!"

Parents say Cash's message of healing and hope came right on time.
Hamilton alumnus Gwendolyn Pierce, the parent of a freshman at the school, said "for me as a parent to be involved, more parents to be involved...that's the only way we're going to be able to help our children."

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