Former Trezevant secretary: 'You fired me for no reason at all'

Teli White (Source: Twitter)
Teli White (Source: Twitter)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A successful high school football coach is once again suspended for his alleged role in a grade changing scandal.

In addition, a former secretary at the school was forced to resign for what she calls 'no reason'.

WMC Action News 5 obtained an email from Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson to SCS board members.

The email confirms Coach Teli White is on administrative suspension as investigators look at new evidence.

White won back-to-back state championships at Trezevant High School in 2015 and 2016.

He was suspended for part of the 2016 season when the school's principal resigned and accused White of changing grades and paying athletes to play for him.

TSSAA investigators later determined White did not violate any state high school rules, so he returned and coached the team to its second straight state championship.

After the season, White left Trezevant to take over as head coach at Melrose High School.

In Hopson's email, he said a secretary who later resigned admitted that White asked her to change student transcripts--during the initial investigation she refused to implicate White.

Now, a former office employee at the school is speaking out after hearing about the coach's suspension. She says she never changed grades.

Secretary Shirley Quinn said she wanted to make it clear what she knew and did not know about the reported grading scandal. She said she never changed grades with the intention of boosting athletes' grades.

"I can only imagine the pain he is going through because I went through it. I'm still going through it. I'm hurt," Quinn said.

Quinn said she was forced to resign.

"You fired me for no reason at all," she said. "The question was has Coach White ever asked me to change grades. I said yes, because he is a teacher first."

She said Coach White came to her for help changing grades like most teachers at the school.

"If there was a mistake, they made up work, he would come ask me to change the grades just like any other teacher," she said.

Quinn said she is not guilty of changing grades in an attempt to internationally boost the grades of athletes.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to Shelby County Schools for a comment on the investigation. The district said it cannot comment on ongoing investigations.

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