Children are being Tasered by school-based police officers. No one knows how often it’s happening or what impact it’s having on students.
August 11, 2016
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Tags: Education, Schools: Discipline
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)
This is one of at least 84 incidents of children being Tasered or shot with a stun gun by a school police officer since September 2011, according to media reports tracked by The Huffington Post. The number is a gross underestimation because not every incident is reported, and no state or federal organization track how often children are zapped at schools. The children, who were all hit by a Taser or stun gun by school-based police officers, also called school resource officers, were 12 to 19 years old when the incidents occurred.
They were shocked by a Taser or stun gun for mouthing off to a police officer. For trying to run from the principal’s office. For, at the age of 12, getting into a fight with another girl.
“I didn’t even know they allow police officers to do those things to children.” Grice said. “When I was growing up, we had school fights. We got suspended or what have you. That was then. It was never no Tasering or handcuffs or fingerprinting.”