Last week, Murfreesboro, Tennessee police arrested several children between 6 and 10 years of age, charging them with “criminal responsibility for the acts of another” at Hobgood Elementary School.
That means they watched a fight and did not intervene.
The incident occurred when two other kids were fighting over a basketball game in a backyard while another child recorded it on video.
Police saw the video and showed up at Hobgood Elementary School.
They cuffed the children and booked them into a Tennessee juvenile detention center.
The Tennessean reports:
The arrests at Hobgood Elementary School in Tennessee occurred after the students were accused of not stopping a fight that happened several days earlier off campus. A juvenile center later released the students, but local community members now call for action — police review of the incident and community conversation — and social justice experts across the country use words such as “startling” and “flabbergasted” in response to actions in the case.
Parents and community members sharply criticized the arrests of the students at a church meeting Sunday. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee police chief on Sunday cited the incident as a learning experience, a chance to “make things better so they don’t happen again.” The city manager said Sunday: “If something needs to be corrected, it will be.”
The arresting officer for at least three of the 10 children taken into police custody Friday is listed on arrest records as School Safety Education Officer Chrystal Templeton.
One parent reported that two of his children weren’t even at the game, much less in the video. He said his son was home sick and his daughter was out celebrating with her basketball team.
What were these Tennessee police officers thinking? What was the school thinking for allowing it to happen?
Let me make it clear! The majority of our law enforcement in this country are doing a fine job! They bravely head towards danger as we all run the other way. They are often painted with a wide brush of racism and corruption, much of it unwarranted!
Incidents like this that lack any effort to use common sense exasperates that situation horrifically!
You don’t arrest an ADULT for failing to get between two people fighting! That in itself would be insanity!
But to handcuff a 6 year old? Because he failed to intervene in a fight? In someone’s backyard? Really?
That lack of basic common sense should end the careers of every officer involved.
In the beautiful Caribbean Island of Grenada, the phrase is not “You’re Fired!”…it is “This job is not for you!”
I think that fits in Tennessee this week!
School Safety Education Officer Chrystal Templeton…and the rest involved…
“This job is not for you!”