Principal responds to critical email about student killed downtown

Published: May. 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM CDT|Updated: May. 25, 2016 at 12:34 AM CDT
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Myneishia Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Myneishia Johnson (Source: Facebook)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The principal of Booker T. Washington High School is standing up for her student, Myneshia Johnson, who was shot and killed in Downtown Memphis on May 22.

Kwasi Corbin, 19, who is accused of shooting Johnson as she walked with a group of people at the corner of Peabody Place and Second Avenue, admitted to firing an assault rifle into the crowd.

Forty-eight hours after Johnson was shot and killed, someone emailed Johnson's principal, Alisha Kiner, to express concerns over the school's decision to allow Johnson's 1-year-old son to accept her high school diploma.

Kiner has a history of standing up for and celebrating successes of her students. In 2011, she celebrated as her students won a contest to get President Barack Obama to speak at the school's graduation.

During a vigil honoring Johnson's life, Kiner expressed how much she loved and admired how hard Johnson worked to take control of her life.

When Kiner received the email about Johnson's choices just days after she was senselessly gunned down, Kiner pushed back with a strongly worded Facebook post.

Kiner's sentiment is shared by many of Johnson's friends, like Marquisha Carpenter.

"By her not being here, I think her son should be able to carry out her legacy for her," Carpenter said. "If you don't know her, you have nothing to say, because you don't know about her."

Police said, so far, they have no reason to believe Johnson was the intended target. Memphis Police Department also said it has no evidence to directly link the shooting to gang activity.

Johnson's visitation is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church on Vance Avenue. Her funeral will follow at 12 p.m.

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