Disagreement with school resource officer leads to arrest - WSMV News 4

Disagreement with school resource officer leads to father's arrest

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A disagreement with a school resource officer that led to a father's arrest was caught on camera and shared on YouTube.

Jim Howe says he walked to South Cumberland Elementary last week to pick up his kids after school.

Howe says a new school policy requires parents to wait in their cars on the highway.

When the school wouldn't let Howe leave with his children, he got into a tense discussion with the school resource officer.

"I said, you can't detain my kids. I want my kids. It's my right as a parent. I want my kids and I want to leave," Howe said.

The officer later arrested Howe for disorderly conduct.

Channel 4 spoke with Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess, who says Howe had a point, but both Howe and the officer handled the situation poorly.

"With all those kids there, all those parents there ... the officer, at some point, has to say that's it. We've got to stop here. We're not going to let this keep growing and his only alternative was to arrest him at that point," Burgess said.

The sheriff also pointed out that Howe had previously complained about the issue to the department and school officials and that the video doesn't show what led up to the confrontation.

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