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December 21, 2011
There is something truly disturbing about a society that seeks to control the behavior of schoolchildren through fear and violence, a tactic that harkens back to an era of paddle-bruised behinds and ruler-slapped wrists. Yet, some American school districts are pushing the boundaries of corporal punishment even further with the use of Tasers against unruly schoolchildren.
The deployment of Tasers against “problem” students coincides with the introduction of police officers on school campuses, also known as School Resource Officers (SROs).
Last year, a 7-year-old special education student whom the San Francisco Chronicle described as having “learning difficulties, dyslexia, anxiety disorder and social-skill problems” was doused in the face with pepper-spray by a police officer called into the classroom by teachers unable to handle the child's temper tantrum.,,,,
George "Randy" Heald, the officer who anwered the call, told Adam that "if he did not come down by the count of five, he would be pepper-sprayed.” Heald explained to a confused Adam that pepper spray “was like hot pepper and that it would make (him) cry and maybe throw up." The Chronicle reports:
Heald counted backward from five and then "blasted pepper spray in Adam's face," prompting the 51-pound boy to cry in pain, rub his face and come down from the cabinet, the suit said. The boy was then committed for a psychiatric evaluation
In April, the Wichita Eagle reported on Jonathan Villarreal, a sophomore at Derby High School who was ordered to pull his pants up by two school police officers while walking to the bus after school. The 17-year-old refused, arguing that he “could wear them how he wanted because school was out.” According to Villarreal, corroborated by three student witnesses, one officer “pulled him to the ground by the neck and told him to stop resisting arrest,” which Villarreal denied he was doing. The officers then “kneed him in the back and neck while he was on the ground.” As he struggled to get up, Villarreal was repeatedly “pushed back down,” at which point “he felt his arm break.” As Villarreal was held on the ground by two officers with a broken arm, “one officer fired a Taser at his chest.”
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by Helixer
And I hear what you are saying. The kid should probably not have been in that type of school in the first place. I think the police can make the judgement as to whether pepper spraying the kid was the method that was most likely to subdue him with the least amount of injury to the kid and those around him.
I've seen a disturbed 7 year old out of control. Scratching faces, biting, and writhing around in an uncontrolled manner are things that happen. Its disturbing and dangerous. It is certainly unfortunate and not the kid's fault, but it can be what happens. Perhaps a low dose stun-gun might be a more reasonable alternative. I've even seen situations where these kids can work themselves into something that is like a quasi-seizure and that can be very frightening.
Its a delicate and complicated issue and one that does not lend itself to immediate repudiation of the officer who was there at the time.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by Foxy1
I have been pepper sprayed, not directly, but the gent standing next to me was and yes, I coughed uncontrollably for about 5 minutes. Thats the purpose though, is it not. If you're coughing and can't catch your breath, you are unable get violent with others.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
There really should be an age limit. Pepperspray and tasers are simply too violent and have too much kick to not be dangerous on small children.
There's just too much of a potential to cause some very severe damage.edit on 27-12-2011 by AnIntellectualRedneck because: (no reason given)