Ten children, ranging in age from 6 to 10, were arrested at a Tennessee Elementary School for not stopping a fight. Murfreesboro police reported that the reason for the arrests, stem from a schoolyard fight that had taken place during a heated basketball game a few days prior. The students arrested are not believed to have been actively involved in the fight and that is precisely why they were arrested. A video of the fight, somehow made its way to the police and for the children’s “failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent the fight,” they were handcuffed and arrested at their school on Friday. According to the parents of the students, at least 10 kids who attend Hobgood Elementary School were charged with criminal responsibility for conduct of another under the Tennessee Criminal Offense code. The children didn’t remain in police custody for long but the over reaction by the police was enough to trigger community outrage.
One parent, Zacchaeus told the media: “There are innocent kids that have been arrested that have been entered in a system they have no business in.” He added that the situation has contributed to the already tense racial climate in the city.
Zacchaeus Crawford, says he was notified on April 15 that his two daughters and son were arrested. Zacchaeus’ children were handcuffed and arrested, along with at least 7 other children at the school. Several angry parents and community members, held a town hall meeting at the local First Baptist Church and lashed out at the Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons and Police Chief Karl Durr. A local youth pastor commented, “I hope we’re not setting a precedent where there’s a fight and we send everyone and their mom to jail.” What do you think? Did the police over react or were they just upholding the law in Tennessee regardless of age?