SET TO STUN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SET TO STUN

Months later, on a hot July day in this small town in North Carolina, Scott was watching the news with his mother, Stephanie Grice. Three days earlier, Alton Sterling had been fatally shot by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two days earlier, police in Minnesota had shot and killed Philando Castile. The night before, five police officers had been gunned down in Dallas. Like the rest of the nation, Scott and Grice couldn’t turn away.

Grice, who works as a patient account representative at a nearby medical center, said she can’t help but wonder if her son’s harsh punishment was influenced by the color of his skin. Both students involved in the fight were black; the school police officer, named Pete Smith, was white.

“Every day I pray for my son out here in this world. Even when he goes to school, I’m afraid,” said Grice, 45, who enrolled her son in night school after the incident out of fear for his safety. “He’s watching these African-American men just die like we’re pieces of meat.”

In the moments after he was struck by the Taser, Scott’s legs bounced up and down uncontrollably on his 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame. After getting up, he couldn’t stop shaking from the pulsing waves of electricity, he said.

Later that day he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. He had never been in trouble with the police before.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, THIS is what passes for "education" in American public schools?!?

I swear, if Mike and I had had children, we would have found a state where home schooling was completely legal, and home schooled our kid.

There are a zillion ways to break up a fight, and deal with a kid's behaviour that is less than ideal, other than with a stun gun.

But tasering a child, when that practice can potentially kill the child?!?

That's just way out of line, and so completely morally bankrupt, on the part of those adults who are allegedly working in a school setting to help kids blossom intellectually, that I cannot even begin to articulate how hurtful and stupid this practice is.

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