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Published on June 13, 2024
Two Nashville Middle School Students Arrested for Stealing Teacher's Car on 75-Mile JoyrideSource: Google Street View

Two 12-year-old students from Two Rivers Middle School made headlines this week when they were arrested for stealing a teacher's car. Metro Nashville police reported that the young duo managed to swipe the keys to a 2024 Honda CRV and embarked on an unauthorized excursion that spanned 75 miles before being halted by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers near Bucksnort. The incident unfolded on Tuesday, shortly before 3 p.m., when the students took advantage of the key left unattended on a desk.

The precarious journey came to an end thanks, in part, to one of the boy's parents, who were able to quickly track their son's iPad on I-40 west. This allowed the Tennessee Highway Patrol to efficiently located and safely detain the young drivers just off an interstate exit. As per a statement obtained by WSMV, the incident has raised concerns among parents and educators alike regarding teacher safety and student accountability in schools. "We’ve got to hold them accountable," JC Bowman, executive director of the Professional Educators of Tennessee, told WSMV, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

The Professional Educators of Tennessee emphasized the importance of ensuring safety for teachers and accountability for the students involved. TC Weber, a parent of a Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) student, reflected on the broader implications of the event to WSMV: “If you’re going to steal a car, what’s the next step?” These concerns underscore the potential for even more severe outcomes, mirroring Weber's relief that the situation did not escalate beyond control.

The consequences for the young students will be unfolding in Davidson County Juvenile Court where they are set to face charges. Meanwhile, MNPS has refrained from commenting on any disciplinary outcomes due to federal privacy laws but has reiterated the need for employees to secure personal belongings. Sean Braisted, a spokesperson for MNPS, stated that while policy changes are presently not under consideration, the incident clearly violates their code of conduct, as outlined by Sumner County Source and confirmed in a following report by NewsNationNow.