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Officer uses Taser gun on high school student

Posted April 29, 2008

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— A Cumberland County school resource officer used his Taser gun  to break up a fight at Seventy-First High School Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said two boys were fighting over a girl in the bus parking lot. The fight continued after repeated warnings from the officer.

Tanna said Vincent McLaughlin, 18, was shocked.

He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital as a precaution, then was booked at the Cumberland County Detention Center. McLaughlin, of 6869 Kizer Drive, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting orders from a law officer and obstruction of justice.

The other boy, Demarious McCain, 18, of 6808 Kingsgate Drive, is also expected to face charges.

The boys were released Tuesday night to the custody of their parents on a $500 bond.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk May 1, 2008

    Iamforjustice: No charges should be drop. This is what is wrong with society today. Letting the criminal get away. Next thing you know, these same boys will be involved in domestic violence. Boys should be taught at an early age to respect girls/women. Girls/women like wise.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 1, 2008

    No girls is worth fighting over. Neither is a boy worth fighting over. They are not all of that. Plus, why is this suppose to be news. Parents you need to teach your children respect for all humans. Parents need to learn how to discipline. You can already see the direction these young boys are heading; girl included.

  • Centurian Apr 30, 2008

    Where's the "news" here? Officers use Tasers frequently to control violent offenders and it's been used similarly in dozens of schools.

  • Travised Apr 30, 2008

    KUDOS officer. The student was an adult by age, and as such should be treat that way.

    Schools in the past, in my experience anyway, ignored a lot of the physical altercations. I had an ongoing attack for YEARS with a few of the kids in my school. They rarely had visits to the office about them. Even biological damage to property of mine (my shoes!) the school tried to shrug off. Heck, I'm coming up on my 15th reunion soon.

    No the schools NEED to take inner-student disputes VERY seriously today or one will do just what we have seen on the national news networks with a firearm or blade. Thankfully I was not of that personality type, but there are plenty of students that have no supervision or just don't care what their actions will bring as a result.

    Good job officer. Schools, TAKE NOTICE. This is your alarm bell going off for what is already going on under your nose.

  • pinkfemnc Apr 30, 2008

    Good

  • SomeRandomGuy Apr 30, 2008

    I concur with WHY is this news?? The SRO at Garner High used his taser yesterday to break up a fight and THAT isnt in the news!

  • djcnty8 Apr 30, 2008

    "I don't feel those two children should be charged and have criminal charges on their records. All charges should be dropped and let those innocent boys go off to college and live good and productive lives."
    iamforjustice

    Your joking right? If their parent's can't raise them right and they 18 they need to be held accountable for their actions! If you and I were to do something like this we would be in jail too.

  • iamforjustice Apr 30, 2008

    I don't feel those two children should be charged and have criminal charges on their records. All charges should be dropped and let those innocent boys go off to college and live good and productive lives.

  • beachbum1 Apr 30, 2008

    Some good points here and let's not forget in a heat of rage fighting, either of those 2 18 year olds could have gone after a teacher if they tried to break it up or anyone else. Too many kids today have no respect and just a soon punch an elder or women as look at them!

  • rumbleehockey04 Apr 30, 2008

    and if his parents were there to whoop that tail in previous years this wouldnt have happened.....way to go popos

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