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TaserMartin Brayley / Dreamstime.comThe Smithfield, Ohio, police department has placed a school resource officer on unpaid leave for using a Taser to wake a high school student sleeping in class. Maryssa Boskoski arced the Taser a few feet from the student. Police Chief Howard Funk says the Taser did not make contact with the student, but it was still a violation of the department's Taser policy.

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  • Rat on a train||

    Official policy requires batons for sleeping students.

  • MSimon||

    Injections of cocaine also work.

  • Rat on a train||

    Paying customers only.

  • Wizard4169||

    The first taste is free. (But only the first.)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Actual tasing gets you paid leave.

  • ||

    They probably would have given him a medal. It's clear that the "IMPROPER USE" is the issue.

  • Radioactive||

    well at least there's a policy, can't have anyone running around tasering helter skelter or worse willy nilly or god forbid higgily piggily

  • Agammamon||


  • Radioactive||

    or that either!!! (almost typed in piggly wiggly, HA)

  • Jerryskids||

    Somebody who thinks a taser is a toy is exactly the sort of person I want walking around with a gun and a badge, they're clearly a trustworthy, responsible person.

  • Rockabilly||

    I went to a catholic school; for the crime of sleeping in class, I was beaten with a stick and once a nun had the janitor, who was pretty much always drunk, shake me in front of the class. I was all shook up but not tasered, it was old school Catholic punishment, swift, brutal, and done in public

  • Longtobefree||

    Did you sleep in class again?
    (Asking for a friend)

  • Juice||

    I didn't survive one year in Catholic school. I got kicked out in 1st grade. I just couldn't stop asking questions or "debating" the nuns about what they were teaching and was continuously punished for it, but I never stopped. I just had a thirst for knowledge but was also a little skeptic and that was unacceptable there.

  • Robert||

    What's a cop doing in a classroom? I could understand if so much was going on that was illegal there, or if riots were threatening to break out, but as a routine? Of course you put a cop there, nothing to do, he's going to get bored & do shit like this.

  • Don't look at me.||


  • ||

    Tasers are between baton and gun on the force spectrum. Discharging a taser next to someone to wake them up is more extreme than slamming a baton on the desk next to their head, but less extreme than firing a round or two into the ceiling or floor with your sidearm so the noise will wake someone up. But only barely.

  • macsnafu||

    The proper way to wake a sleeping student is to slap them with a wooden ruler or yardstick!


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