Man Gets Arrested For Picking Up His Kids At School

    November 22, 2013
    Alex Williams
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It’s 2:00PM on a Thursday, and the children at South Cumberland Elementary school in Crossville, Tennessee have been dismissed for the day. A father arrives on time to pick up his kids, but he is arrested. The school’s new policy only allows students to be picked up at 2:00PM if their parents are picking them up in cars, you have to wait until 2:35PM if you’re walking.

Jim Howe and his fiancée, Amanda Long, bothered by the long line in traffic of other parents, decided to pick up their two children at the school at 2:00PM by walking.

“You don’t need a reason as a parent to go get your children,” Howe told the school officials.

But Avery Aytes, a sheriff deputy and school resource officer, disagreed – preventing Howes from leaving the school with his kids. As seen in the video below, Long captured the whole interaction between her husband and Aytes.

In the video, Howe doesn’t raise his voice and appears to be engaging in a civil discussion about picking up his kids. When Howes brought up how the new policy was illegal, Aytes threatened him with jail time.

“I’m going to call some help down here and we’re going to take you up to the jail right now,” said Aytes to Howes.

“I’m not putting up with this today. You’re being childish and it’s uncalled for.”

The discussion continued until Howe mentioned that the state law was on his side; Aytes decided to arrest Howes for disorderly conduct.

“I’m not standing here arguing with you, you’re disorderly,” Aytes added.

The school had no words for the press, but the sheriff’s office did. They told an ABC local news channel that Aytes acted responsibly.

“The resource officers are there to enforce the law,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess in a statement.

Despite the commotion, Burgess did agree with Howes about inefficient pick up system, and that it was causing disorder. The cars are back up so far that they’re seeping into the highway, causing safety concerns.

Currently, there’s a fundraiser for Howe’s legal expenses; the family’s goal is to raise $10,000.

(Pictures via YouTube)

  • JL

    Welcome to the US Police State. You can now be arrested for picking up your own children at school. Really think about what is happening in this situation. The state took this man’s children and would not give them back to him. Really think about that.

    If you have young children or grandchildren, I would really worry for them because this country is getting worse and out of all the countries in the world, this country has the most ability to suppress its people. Patriot acts, drones flying over your heads, spying, martial law drills, TSA guarding transportation sites, the largest prison population in the history of mankind, and the government going after your guns so you can’t resist. Good luck with that America. Good luck.

    Oh, but it is okay. Let them take your kids.

  • concerned young adult

    That deputy clearly cuffed him because he did not like being told the law is not on his side of the argument and that he was tired of the dispute. Howes did not yell or make any imposing gestures. Acted responsibly? Bull. If a deputy can arrest someone for that then this country really is turning into a police state. Being disorderly? The deputy was the loud and insulting one. If this reason for cuffing howes can be defended, shouldnt that mean the deputy should be charged too? The deputy and the sherriff supporying jim should be ashamed and the school board is no better. I live in florida and already a mass amiunt of people in my community agree that the charges should be dropped and the authorities should answer for this mess of mickey mouse crap. I personally hope the howes make it thru this and sue the heck out of them, and i hope people open their eyes to how low the policing and the government has fallen

  • Scott B

    Common sense would apply here, but in reality Police ego and school rules will prevail. Unfortunately, the rule at this school is if you drive to pick up your kids, you can get them at 2pm,if you walk its 2:30pm.This guy wants his kids at 2pm but walked. Common sense is give him his kids, the guy is here now. In USA dominated Police State and insane rules he has to go to jail because he wants his kids at 2pm but its not 2:30pm….Welcome to USA!!!

  • Landofthefree