Pick your up kids from school & go to jail
- With school dismissed a father was arrested for attempting to pick his kids up from school in a startling new example of how the state is increasingly treating children as its own property.
A Cumberland County, Tennessee father didn't want to wait in a long line of traffic to pick his kids up from school. That led to a series of encounters last week at South Cumberland Elementary, and now the dad's facing charges.
"I'm going to call some help down here and we're going to take you up to the jail right now. I'm not putting up with this today. You're being childish and it's uncalled for," Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer Avery Aytes said in the YouTube video.
The video goes on to show the dad arguing with the school security officer over state law, then the dad winds up in handcuffs reports ABC WATE News.
"I'm not raising my voice, I'm not confrontational, I want my kids," Jim Howe said in the YouTube video.
The video was taken by Amanda Long Thursday afternoon as she and her fiance, Jim Howe, were trying to pick up Howe's two children from school. It shows Howe arguing with Deputy Aytes.
Howe says, because of a new policy that started last week, the only way parents can get their children after 2 p.m. is to wait in a line of cars until everyone is released at 2:35. He says not only is this time consuming, it's illegal.
"You don't need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are our children," Howe said.
As the video shows, Howe was arrested by Aytes for disorderly conduct. Deputy Aytes tells 6 News he's unable to comment because this is an open case. Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess says he hasn't seen the video and doesn't need to, because it won't tell the whole story. He says Aytes was just doing his job.
Your Children are the Property of the State