Lawmakers Question Why Tennessee Elementary Students Were Arrested

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee last week, five elementary school children were handcuffed and arrested. Their ages ranged from 6 to 11 years old, and it is unclear how many students were arrested. They were charged with "criminal responsibility for the conduct of another." Now, lawmakers are calling for an investigation.

Officials say the students failed to stop a fight that occurred several days earlier off campus.

Zacchaeus Crawford told the Daily News Journal three of his kids were arrested. Crawford shared, "I'm just a concerned parent who wants to make sure the rights of my kids aren't being violated just because someone feels they can violate them."

Rep. John Ray Clemmons asked, "Under what circumstances is there a rational basis or a concern for public safety that you feel you would have to arrest an elementary-age child?"

Officials have apologized but did not say if they would drop the charges. Crawford said his children are scheduled to appear in court in June.

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