Father Arrested For Attempting To Pick Up His Kids From School!! [Watch]
A video has gone viral after a Cumberland County father was outrageously arrested when he attempted to pick up his children from South Cumberland Elementary.
Jim Howe of attempted to pick up his children on foot instead of his usual arrival in his vehicle. Howe chose to walk to the school in response to a new policy which has all parents lining up along the highway, sometimes blocking traffic. The video shows the seemingly never-ending car line and shows that the line is still active one hour after school is dismissed.
The new policy allows parents to pick up their children by car, or has students walking alone, but not walking with a parent. How says, because of a new policy that started last week, the only way parents can get their children after 2p.m. is to wait in a line of cars until everyone is released at 2:35, according to local 6 News.
“I’m not raising my voice, I’m not confrontational, I want my kids,” Howe states in the video.
“You don’t need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are our children.”
Amanda Long, Howe’s fiancé, continues to film the ordeal as Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer Avery Aytes refuses to allow them to see his children because “those are the rules.”
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, whom Howe calls to complain in the video, 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, According to 6 News.
The sheriff says he agrees with Howe that the new policy is creating safety concerns along the highway outside the school. “On the other hand, the school system needs to realize you can’t make a black and white law,” Burgess said.