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Campus Crime

Police say some of the robbers armed with Ak47's in this surveillance video are Shelby County high school students...all part of a growing trend of juveniles committing crimes after school.

But while some get a sentence...Others get seventh period.

Each day Memphis and Shelby County juvenile court generates a list of juvenile offenders and the schools they attend.

On this day the list includes a 13 year old charged with raping a child, and a 12 year old facing attempted murder charges.

The list is supposed to be sent to the City and County Board of Education...

How it gets there is up for interpretation.

Barry Mitchell with the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court says, "I believe its just mailed to them or taken daily to them. Okay and I guess it would have to go to the, I don't believe we email it, no I think we send it directly to them."

A Shelby County school spokesperson confirmed where it goes.

Mike Tebbe, Shelby County school system spokesperson says, "We've got a department in student services that does receive the list."

That department notifies individual schools.

The school principal then considers each case individually and decides which students pose the greatest threat to other classmates.

Tebbe continues, "It's something we're very cautious about doing because obviously under the constitution you're innocent before proven guilty."

Part of the challenge of keeping up with crime on and off campus, is resistance by SOME school officials to release PUBLIC information. I wanted to know how the MEMPHIS CITY school system notifies principals about criminal classmates. I'm still waiting"

Numerous requests for interviews by phone and email dating back to early April were put off by the Memphis City Schools communications office.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson did respond by phone only after I sent an urgent overnight letter.

She promised to have someone call me within the week. That never happened.

State law allows school systems to sound the alarm on students suspected of the most SERIOUS crimes.

Under Tennessee law the school system does have the right to expel that student.

But unless your child gets it through the grapevine... you may never know who's cracking the books after being booked.

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