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Superintendent addresses charges against White Station administrators

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For the first time Thursday, the superintendent of Memphis City Schools addressed the 'failure to report' charges recently filed against two top officials at White Station High School.

Longtime principal David Mansfield and 11th grade principal Eric Harris are both charged with "failure to report" under a rarely used state law.  They remain on the job while their cases are pending.

"They have not had the chance to put their statement on the record, so let that happen," Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said Thursday. "Go through the process."

In mid-September, senior Nairobi Baker was allegedly assaulted on campus.  Investigators say both Mansfield and Harris knew, but chose not to call the police.

"I don't know all the facts of that," Cash said. "That's why I said the authorities are investigating. Let them investigate, get all the facts come out, let the hearing happen, and the judge and all of those folks which is what they do - render their decision about that."

Cash says school system policy requires compliance.  Earlier this year, a video explaining the law was distributed throughout the entire school system.  According to the video, if a student gets hurt at school, officials must call police.

"That is 100 percent absolute. We've done that. We'll continue to do that. We must do that. And I want all of our staff, every staff, to be reporting at 100 percent plus," Cash said.

According to Cash, since he took over, one of his main goals has been to clean crime off campus, because a dangerous school environment makes learning difficult.

Mansfield and Harris are scheduled to appear at a hearing at Juvenile Court on November 3.

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