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Police Arrested a Bunch of Kids Because They Didn’t Stop a Fight


Outrage is brewing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee following the arrest of multiple children between the ages of 6 and 11 because they, uh, didn’t stop a fight?

The arrests took place last Friday when Murfreesboro police handcuffed and processed students at Hobgood Elementary School, accusing them of not getting involved in a fight that had taken place off-campus several days earlier. Yes, the goalposts for youth behavior today have been moved from “don’t get involved” to “stop the fight while presumably not joining the fight.” Now, those students’ parents are calling for a police review of the situation and community intervention, and social justice experts nationwide have been baffled.

Since the children were all minors, police won’t release the details of the arrest, so it’s unclear how many students were arrested or even what crime they were charged with, though parents told The Tennessean their children were engaged in “criminal responsibility for conduct of another,” according to police. At least five of the students were black.

“It’s unimaginable, unfathomable that authority figures would … do something that has such implications,” said Bishop Joseph Walker III, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville. “When we, as a community, are telling our kids don’t get involved in violence and don’t get in harm’s way, (arresting them for not intervening) is the most amazing paradox of our society — and it is devastating to us.”

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