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Summerville Police Deploy Taser on Alston Middle Student

Police say female student punched and kicked student resource officer.

A school resource officer deployed a Taser on an allegedly combative Alston Middle School student Thursday during school hours, according to WISTV.com

Citing the incident report, WISTV.com reported the female student allegedly punched the officer in the face and kicked him in the groin after he attempted to restrain her for disorderly conduct.

The TV news reported:

When the student failed to heed his command, the officer said he fired "one cycle" from the stun gun and the 8th grader fell to the floor. The student was taken for medical treatment following the incident. She was charged with disturbing schools and released to her mother.

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According to Dorchester County School District Two, the officer is a trained, Summerville Police officer. District spokeswoman Pat Raynor said the incident is a "student situation" and not an officer situation.

"It was not done lightly. Many, many efforts were made (to calm the student)," Raynor said. "(The officer) was trying to calm the student down ... They were afraid the student would harm them ... It became obvious that she was totally out of control and the concern was that she would harm herself or others."

Edited 3:15 Dec. 14 to add information from the district.

stanley seigler December 14, 2012 at 06:58 PM
re: A school resource officer v. Police Officer are they one and the same...in any event training programs for resource officers must be reviewed and revised as necessary...ie, a teaching moment...the incident could have resulted in more serious injury.... but they do grow em big these days...a kick in the groin!! sounds like student was better trained than the officer... OTOH i would have tased the student as punishment...just kidding, i think!
Lindsay Street December 14, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Stanley, in Dorchester County School District Two, our school resource officers are trained law enforcement. The officer in question is a trained SPD officer. I will update the story to clarify that point.
maizenbluedoc December 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Again, blame the police officer, not the perpetrator. That is one thing that is wrong in today's society, people are not held responsible for their actions. If the police officer had used strong-arm tactics to subdue the woman, he would be considered a "bully". We don't know the specifics of the incident, but I will assume the officer did the right thing unless proven otherwise.
Kaye Fox December 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Lindsey, Stanley and Maizenbluedoc, I think you are all right. I am sure there is more to the story yet to come.
Josie December 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Good for him. School was not like this when I grew up. What is wrong with today's society and the children of it. Maizenbluedoc, it is strange that people in today's world blame anyone who is trying to subdue the chaos that is so rampant. No one even realizes right from wrong anymore.


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