Student Shocked With Taser At School
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 29, 2005
FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA--A 15-year-old Cypress Lake High School student was shocked with a Taser by a school resource officer while he lay on his stomach on the floor of an office, the Southwest Florida News-Press reported Tuesday.
The unnamed teen, who reportedly has autism, was later charged with disturbing the peace, interfering with a school function, and resisting an officer for the incident which took place last Wednesday.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office said that three or four teachers tried to restrain the boy after he kicked them. They called the resource officer, who then tried to calm him down.
But when the student started tearing items off of the wall and throwing them, the officer escorted him to his office. There, the student allegedly kicked items off of a desk and kicked the officer and an assistant principal.
"They got him back down on the floor," said Sgt. Larry King. "But he was still trying to kick and the officer couldn't restrain him anymore."
The officer then placed a Taser against the boy's back, and shocked him, sending 50,000 volts through his central nervous system.
King defended the officer's actions: "The officer did the best he could to control the situation. It was quite apparent that he tried to reason with the student."
King said that the case would not be investigated further unless if the student's mother files an official complaint.
The incident took place just three days after a Chicago man who had autism died after police shocked him with a Taser, and three days before a woman died following an incident in which Lee County Sheriff's deputies shocked her at a Fort Myers shopping center.