A Nashville tutor has been charged with three counts of reckless endangerment after police found students in the trunk of her car.
Police say Andria James drove nine children between the ages of 9 and 10 in her Chevy Malibu to a gas station, and a witness reported seeing three get out of the trunk upon arrival.
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James had asked to take the children for a weekend of activities to reward them for doing well in school.
"No. Absolutely not. Positively not. And not one minute did I leave the kids in the trunk," James told WZTV.
"They opened the trunk, and when I told them it could open, they were just fascinated by it," James said.
"I was able to view video footage of the gas pumps and observe the vehicle pull up to the gas pump and three children exit the trunk of the vehicle," a La Vergne officer told WKRN.
"They didn't have on shoes. They didn't have on coats ... and it was just freezing yesterday," a parent of one of the children in the incident told WTVF.
James has been put on administrative leave. Her court date has been scheduled for March.
School officials released this statement:
She will be placed on administrative leave as soon as district offices reopen in the morning, as is standard procedure when an employee is arrested. We are in contact with the authorities in Rutherford County and will cooperate fully with their investigation. Obviously, the acts she is accused of are completely inappropriate for an educator entrusted with caring for students, and we will take further disciplinary action if needed as more details come to light.