Prosecutor says he will drop charges against students

A Tennessee prosecutor says he intends to dismiss charges against elementary school students who were hauled off to a juvenile facility — some in handcuffs — during the school day and in view of waiting parents.

Murfreesboro police arrested four children at Hobgood Elementary School in April and took them away — two in handcuffs — to a juvenile detention center for allegedly taking part in off-campus neighborhood bullying weeks earlier. Six other children were named in juvenile court petitions stemming from the same incident. All the children were between the ages of 9 and 12.

Parents and community leaders protested the police action, with some demanding that charges be dropped.

Rutherford County prosecutor Jennings Jones said Thursday he intends to dismiss the charges. He declined to explain the decision.