A Tennessee father was arrested and put up in jail for trying to pick up his sons early from school. In a video filmed by his fiance that has quickly gone viral, Jim Howe was attempting to pick up his two children early from South Cumberland Elementary. The school had just begun a new policy which said parents could only get their children after 2:00 p.m. by waiting in a line of cars until the students were released for the day at 2:35 p.m.
As an administrator told Howe he needed to fill out a form in order for his children to be permitted to walk home on their own, school resource officer Avery Aytes told the father he wasn’t “putting up with this today” and called him “childish.” He also told Howe that the school never said when they would give him his two children.
“I’m not raising my voice. I’m not confrontational. I want my kids,” said Howe in the video. “School is out. My children are to be given to me.” After the arrest and brief stint in jail, he later told WATE 6 News that “you don’t need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are your children.”
However, Tennessee law states that when parents send their kids to school each morning, the school assumes legal custody of them. The school also has permission to decide when the children will be released back into the custody of their parents. It remains unclear whether Howe will pursue legal action against the school district.