Dad Tries to Pick Kids Up at School, Gets Arrested For Disorderly Conduct

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Jim Howe, a Tennessee dad, was recently arrested for disorderly conduct after he complained about the student pick-up policy at his children's school.

Video of the incident, posted online by his fiancee, shows Howe getting arrested for disorderly conduct at South Cumberland Elementary School.

As explained in the clip, the school recently instituted a new policy that asks parents to wait in a line of cars before their kids are released from school.

Howe, however, felt the line of vehicles caused safety issues.

The video states the policy causes “traffic [to be] backed up over a mile on a busy highway.” So he walked into the school to pick up his children.

He also wanted to protest the guidelines. It didn't go well.

Howe appears composed throughout the video, but the school resource officer, who according to reports is also a sheriff's deputy, seems agitated.

“I’m going to take you up to the jail,” the officer tells him.

“I’m telling you right now I’m not putting up with this today, you go ahead and record all your want … you’re being childish and it's uncalled for.”

“I’m not raising my voice, I’m not confrontational, I want my kids,” Howe says, shortly before being placed under arrest on seemingly bogus grounds.

However, some say the video doesn't tell the whole story.

Donald Andrews, the director of Cumberland County Schools, told The Huffington Post the clip was edited to portray Howe in a favorable light.

"In that situation, quite honestly, the officer that handled that showed quite a bit of restraint," he said, adding that the new policy is a safety precaution.

He said officials were looking into the traffic issues.

“Previously, parents were coming out to pick up children, they were just getting out of cars and coming to school,” Andrews said of the new guidelines.

“In this day in age, the PTO [parent teacher organization] was concerned that it was a safety issue, someone could come up and grab [any] kid.”

Andrews said the school stands by "the decision to [arrest Howe]" as well as the policy that led to it, and is prepared to defend its actions in court.

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