Law enforcement presence grows at Cordova High School - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Law enforcement presence grows at Cordova High School

Parents and area residents continued to contact Action News 5 Friday about rumors of problems at Cordova High School. Parents and area residents continued to contact Action News 5 Friday about rumors of problems at Cordova High School.

(WMC-TV) - Parents and area residents continued to contact Action News 5 Friday about rumors of problems at Cordova High School.

But judging by the jovial, joke-filled, happy-go-lucky dismissal Friday afternoon at the school, students seemed unconcerned, despite a different atmosphere on campus.

"There was police officers everywhere, and if we were late for school, they said they were gonna suspend us," said sophomore student Shaqueena Wiley.

Along with extra security on school grounds, Memphis police were in the area as a precaution, capping a month packed with minor episodes and elevated tensions.

"We heard about fights, like, two gangsters were supposed to be fighting or something like that at the school," Wiley said.

The school has been in the news several times recently. Several weeks ago, gunshots were fired after a football game at Cordova High. Thursday, someone lit a garbage can on fire in the auditorium. And Friday, unsubstantiated rumors spread about a gun at school and threats of more violence.

But school officials insisted Cordova High School was safe.

"What's going on at school today is school," Memphis City Schools Northeast Region Superintendent Kevin McCarthy said.

According to McCarthy, school officials have no credible information to cause concern on campus.

"There were some problems in the neighborhood over last weekend and earlier in the week, and our students brought that to our attention so we responded to that," he said.

The extra officers, McCarthy said, were there just in case.

"The more security there is the more safe people feel," he said.

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