Police Use Taser On High School Student

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A teenager has been charged with two counts of felony assault after police said they had to Taser him at a Louisville school for fighting with officers serving him with an arrest warrant.
The 16-year-old boy is also facing misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, menacing and criminal mischief.
Officials said the officers were forced to Taser him at Jefferson County High School on Tuesday while he was trying to enroll.
A spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools said the teenager is from Pulaski County and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Phil Russell said the teenager was shackled by his feet at the time, but "he had grabbed a pencil and was threatening to stab the deputy and security officer."

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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    Ive spoken with people that voluntarlly were pepper sprayed and later tazed. They say the tazer depending on body mass and where struck can be tollerated for a few seconds before you smell meat cooking and then your immobile. But pepper spray stays with your for hours. If you dont get to water b4 it drys washing only makes it worse. Also when you do finally get to shower gravity pulls the oils in the spray down to your groin. It was much nicer of the officers to use the tazer or a baton. Anyone here that argues a pencils not a weapon, probally doesn't realise a man with a stick or a fist sized rock can kill you quickly.
  • by DAVID Location: SOMERSET on Feb 29, 2008 at 04:07 AM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Virgil, if you don't think a sharp pencil is dangerous in the hands of a 16 year old who's fighting you, then you must be an extremely ignorant individual.
  • by ls Location: KY on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    I am not kicking a policeman that does his job and does it properly. It sounds a bit much using a taser on a shackled child. I think that some of these policemen just like to bring pain on people. I don't think it matters what the problem is, they want to show their authority. I wasn't there and don't really know what happened, but it sure sounds funny. Seems like they could have gottent he pencil away from him some other way.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    This is what we get for having wuzzies being cops. If a cop can't control a 16 year old without using a taser then he/she shouldn't be a cop. I mean tasing a shackled person is like taking a magnifying glass to an ant. There isn't much that they can can do. Cuff him if that is the case. COPS are getting to Taser happy to keep from actually having to be physically active.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 28, 2008 at 08:35 AM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    I'm sure some people will complain about tasing a high school student- but the point is he had a pencil (dangerous weapon per the KRS) and was fighting officers who had a legal obligation to arrest him (warrant). He should have been tased or beat with an asp until he wasn't a threat any longer. At least one student learned something at that school today :)
  • by Crazy Location: Danville on Feb 28, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    WOW looks tome like the young Man was just trying to enroll in school so he could get an education,


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