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Tennessee man arrested for picking his kids up on foot, challening cop's authority

This school would rather have parents line up their cars on the highway than have a parent pick up his kids on foot.

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It’s a tragedy of wrong decisions and insecure personality, with a ridiculous result: In Cumberland County, Tennessee, a school district tried to deal with post-school traffic madness by imposing a rule that parents had to line up in their cars, stretching a half-mile, outside the school to pick up their kids in a presumably orderly fashion. They didn’t consider the possibility that any parent might want to bypass the line and pick up their kids on foot, basically because it is so rare.

So, when dad Jim Howe showed up on foot to retrieve his kids after school was out but before the line of cars had done its thing, he was told he had to wait in line like everybody else; never mind that he wasn’t driving a car. When Howe asked for his kids to be released to him, the deputy sheriff apparently took it as a challenge to his authority and, to make a long story short, handcuffed Howe and put him in the back of a law enforcement vehicle.