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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Safety Update: Be Alert, Be Aware During School Commute

Memphis, TN - Memphis-Shelby County Schools is providing an update regarding an ongoing safety concern in South Memphis. We have been asked to refer all questions to the Memphis Police Department.

According to Memphis Police, a black male in his early 20s, occupying a dark-colored SUV, has been approaching girls and forcing them into his vehicle. MSCS has twice alerted the community about similar events, and we are providing this additional notice to continue to raise awareness.

“We are asking our families and community to continue to assist us by being extra sets of eyes and ears,” said MSCS Superintendent Toni Williams. “In this moment, we must unite and work together to keep our children safe.”

In response to this continuing issue, MSCS Safety and Security has additional officers stationed at Hamilton High and Hamilton K-8. 

We are asking any students who may have been approached by a suspicious person to share information to help in this effort. Parents and guardians, please talk to your children. Ask them if they have witnessed or experienced anything fitting this pattern. If so, please contact law enforcement immediately. 

As we regularly say, if you see something, say something. Please also encourage your child to be aware of their surroundings, walk with a friend – or better yet in a group – and report any suspicious or unusual behavior immediately. 

If you have information, or if you were approached and offered a ride by a suspicious individual, please call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 901-528-2274 (CASH). MSCS has a confidential tip line for students, families and staff. Submit an anonymous tip through the Safe School Web Tip Line or by texting "SCS" to 274637. Students can also submit a tip to a trusted school administrator through the “Trust Pays” program for a cash reward. 

“Principals, teachers, MPD, and school resource officers are all available to talk to any student who has information to share,” said MSCS Chief of Safety and Security Carolyn Jackson. “We are working collaboratively to end this threat because all children have the right to walk home safely.”

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