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Principal Dead, Student Suspect Held

MEMPHIS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Memphis police said they were holding a 17-year-old student suspect in the slaying of Memphis Junior Academy Principal Suzette York.

York, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday morning, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported. The suspect is a student at the Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated school, which started session Monday, the newspaper said.

Marvin Lowman, spokesman for the Seventh-day Adventist Conference in Goodlettsville, Tenn., said York had worked at the school for three or four years.

“The safety of our students and employees is a high priority … this is certainly a tragedy,” Lowman said.

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton expressed sympathy for the family of the victim and students.

“The key thing at this time is to assure parents of children who are in school in general that this is a situation that is contained at this one location, and that it is not an active situation,” Wharton said.

Police have not confirmed an unofficial report that York had been stabbed.

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