Father Arrested for Acting Like a Father in School: What is Your Decision, Crossville?

It is easy to point fingers at the sheriff’s deputy and school “resource officer.” Indeed, they bear blame for their abuse of power, and forgetting for whom they work, and the ones who pay their salaries.

But, ultimately, the fault remains with the people of Crossville, Tennessee.

From the New American:

With traffic backed up on a busy highway as parents waited to pick up their kids, Howe and his fiancée, Jennifer Long, decided to pick up the two kids, ages eight and 14, on foot rather than wait in the long line of traffic. As shown on a YouTube video shot by Long, when Howe showed up at the school office, local sheriff’s deputy and school “resource officer” Avery Aytes belligerently threatened to arrest him after Howe pointed out that the school couldn’t legally keep him from his kids.

“I’m going to call some help down here and we’re going to take you up to the jail right now,” Aytes shouted. “I’m not putting up with this today. You’re being childish and it’s uncalled for.”

In the video an office attendant can be seen offering a form for Howe to sign that would allow his kids to walk home by themselves, but Howe politely refuses, explaining that he intends to accompany them home.

As Howe calmly explains that state law requires the school to release students within 15 minutes of the end of the school day, and that officials may not keep him from his own children, an increasingly agitated Deputy Aytes threatens Howe with arrest for disorderly conduct.

“I’m not raising my voice, I’m not confrontational.” “I want my kids,” Howe says, adding,“I can’t stand in line — I’m walking, picking my kids up.”

Apparently miffed that his police authority is being challenged, an angry Aytes again tells a calm Howe, “You’re trying to be difficult. You’re being childish.”

“School is out,” says Howe as he cites Tennessee state law. “My children are to be given to me,” to which an increasingly angry Aytes replies: “It doesn’t say when. School is out, they will give you your child, but it doesn’t say when, now does it?”

As Howe explains what state law mandates in the situation, Aytes suddenly snaps, and demands of Howe: “Put your hands behind your back. I’m not staying here and arguing with you. You’ve been disorderly.”

With that the angry deputy escorts a calm Howe to a squad car as Long continues to video the incident — an action that prompts Aytes to threaten her with arrest as well.

Unless they organize a march on the school, and flood the next school board meeting, demanding the principal’s and the school resource officer’s heads on a platter (meaning removing them from their jobs, of course, not actual violence) then they have earned the tyranny they’re willing to tolerate.

Until the people rise up to defend freedom, we will not have freedom… and, in a sense, we don’t deserve freedom… so chains we will get.

What’s your answer, Crossville? Are you free men, or slaves?