More than 150 people called for action Sunday after parents said at least five students, ages 6 to 10, were handcuffed at Hobgood Elementary School on Friday.
The students were arrested, accused of not stopping a fight that happened earlier off-campus and later released from the juvenile center on Friday, said the Rev. James McCarroll, pastor of First Baptist Church on East Castle Street in Murfreesboro. The church hosted a community meeting Sunday afternoon about the incident. In addition to angry parents and supporters, Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr and City Manager Rob Lyons were in the crowd.
“There are innocent kids that have been arrested that have been entered in a system they have no business in,” said Zacchaeus Crawford, who said three of his children were handcuffed at the school.
“If something needs to be corrected, it will be,” Lyons told the crowd.”Out of this, we want to learn and make things better so they don’t happen again,” Durr said. Durr said the city’s police department will review the situation, though he did not go into specifics in front of the standing-room-only crowd at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall.