By Megan Boehnke (USA Today Network - Tennessee)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2017) -- Frustrated by what they called "baby steps" toward solving social problems in Knox County's schools and jails, hundreds of people filled the sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church to demand broader action by local leaders.
Justice Knox, a coalition of local congregations, gathered on the evening of April 24 to specifically discuss the disproportionate number of school suspensions among minority and disabled students and the treatment of the mentally ill in the county's jail.
The group wanted a commitment from school board members to fully fund extensive training in restorative practices for a handful of pilot schools, but none of the nine members came forward during the meeting Monday.
The Rev. Jimmy Sherrod, Central pastor, said that 1,300 were in attendance.