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Investigation questions MCS reporting of harm to children

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools are supposed to report to police any incident resulting in physical harm to a child.  Now, questions have been raised as to whether the school system is following this policy.

On April 23, District Attorney General Bill Gibbons sent a letter to Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash informing the school district of a Tennessee State Law requiring the school system to report to Memphis police any and all cases resulting in harm, injury, or wound to a child.

Then, on May 4, Memphis police investigators brought six "failure to report" cases to the chief prosecutor at Juvenile Court.  The prosecutor sent back all six as incomplete investigations.

Now, the D.A.'s office is considering that case and how to move forward.  According to Gibbons' office, the six assaults that spawned the "failure to report" investigations have all been prosecuted, meaning they were reported to the police by someone, somehow.

Whether the school system ever reported them or not is being investigated by the police, and the Gibbons' office says it will prosecute only if there is proof of wrongdoing.

A Memphis City Schools spokesperson declined comment, saying the school system is done discussing the issue publicly.  Meanwhile, the D.A.'s office also declined an on-camera interview, saying there just isn't much to talk about.

Starting in July, Memphis Juvenile Court will add a docket per week, with the goal of holding adults responsible for violating laws regarding child welfare - including on campus at school.

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