Cash speaks to Mid-South pastors about MCS Peace Force

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash made a desperate plea Monday to members of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association regarding the proposed school district Peace Force.

Cash told local pastors they cannot continue to stand by and watch children go to jail, saying the need for more security officers in schools is an unfortunate reality.

"I want a peace officer to be another educator in the school, another role model in the school, another adult in the school, another person who when they're here the children say I feel safe today," Cash said.

Cash joined local pastors and organization leaders to ask for their continued support.

"The need for greater school security is a symptom of a major problem, that many children attending MCS leave home without having received the proper discipline," SCLC President Rev. Dwight Montgomery said.

Cash said the idea of a district police force is necessary to patrol and protect all city schools, and the Board of Commissioners is continuing to look to Nashville for enabling legislation.  

Meanwhile, we asked Dr. Cash about Memphis Mayor AC Wharton's decision to wait for more information before choosing whether to support a peace force.

"I think the more he has his questions addressed and understands the urgency of it, I believe he won't stay in his position for long," Cash said.

Dr. Cash said he plans to continue to meet with Mayor Wharton and state legislators concerning the Peace Force so that his proposal can become a reality.

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