Discrepancies found on Trezevant High School football players’ transcripts are leading to game forfeitures and an internal investigation by Shelby County Schools, the district announced Thursday.
SCS Chief of Communications Natalia Powers said players’ report card grades did not match grades on transcripts. It’s unknown if the discrepancies are limited to the football team, she said, so a full-school audit is underway.
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson issued a statement saying Trezevant Principal Ronnie Mackin voluntarily reported the findings to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the state governing body for high school athletics, on Thursday after an “internal academic review.”
Hopson said the principal and his staff discovered the issue while conducting an academic audit to ensure all students have proper course selection for graduation.
The school will forfeit all football games played to date this season — their record is currently 3-2 — including Thursday night’s game versus Memphis Academy of Health Sciences and all future games until the internal investigation is completed. The team is the defending TSSAA Class 2A state champion and was among the favorites to win this year.
Trezevant is currently ranked fourth in Class 2A in the Associated Press’ statewide poll.
Attempts to reach head coach Teli White were unsuccessful.
“We understand the impact this has on our students, but it’s necessary as we fully understand the seriousness of the situation,” Hopson said.
He added the district has “no reason to believe this issue extends beyond Trezevant,” but that the district will reach out to all schools as a reminder of auditing procedures in place for verifying accurate records.
“As an academic institution, we trust our employees to always maintain the highest levels of honesty and integrity with regard to our academic records,” Hopson said. “Students’ futures are in our hands, and we will not tolerate any reckless handling of student records. Anyone found to be directly responsible for or to have assisted in any way in creating the grade discrepancies will face the strictest possible consequences.”