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Officer uses Taser to break up fight at Wake Forest high school

Posted October 7, 2009

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— A school resource officer used a Taser Tuesday to subdue a student at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School at Heritage, police said.

Montrell Swinson, 16, instigated a fight during a lunch period at the school, Lt. Trent Coleman, of the Wake Forest Police Department, said. When authorities tried to break it up, Swinson refused to relent. The school resource officer, who m police did not identify, asked Swinson three times to put his hands behind his back. When he did not comply, the officer used a Taser on him.

Swinson was cited with assault and affray, disorderly conduct on school property and carrying a concealed weapon.

Three other students were also cited.

  • Racquan Woods, 16, faces charges of assault and affray and disorderly conduct on school grounds.
  • Alex Syvankham, 18, faces charges of disorderly conduct on school grounds.
  • A 14-year-old boy faces charges of assault and affray and disorderly conduct on school property.

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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 7, 2009

    I once had an officer in South Carolina pull me over for speeding. Actually, I had just passed some cars on a two lane road. The officer passed me going the other direction. He made a U-turn and came at me with his lights on. But there were 3 cars behind me and he was behind them. I didn't pull over because the business I was visiting, work related, was about a half mile or so ahead. I eventually pulled into the parking lot and parked. When he pulled behind me he was extremely IRATE! While talking to me he shouted for me to keep my hands on the steering wheel. He asked me to step behind the vehicle. And then told me he had called for backup because I hadn't stopped immediately. When I put my hands in my pocket, he shouted for me to get my hands out of my pockets. During all this, I was embarrassed and belittled. But I DID understand why he shouted each instruction to me. He didn't know my intentions and didn't know if I had a weapon. I deserved ALL of that.

  • due_whats_right Oct 7, 2009

    oh my, Journey and ABM, you clearly have NO idea of what today's high schools are like. First principals stopped breaking up fights on Degrassi tv show....that does not happen. Schools are a reflection of society, sad to say. Officers are there to help restore order. I have seen middle school kids go up 2 officers and dare them to do something. There is a lack of respect by our youth for their parents and any other means of authority. They do not respond to simple requests. When you have a fight break out during lunch, you have 2 gain control quickly or your risk a melee on your hands. Trust me, I know. This happened about 3 wks ago in Kdale and I was caught in the midst of one years back. With as many as 500-900 kids in a lunch period, you have to maintain order or lose control of the school and risk the health and lives of students/staff. I invite you all to journey the halls of a high school during lunch! Don't be so quick 2 judge. As an administrator, trust me.

  • The2ruthHurts Oct 7, 2009

    People who disrespect/distrust law enforcement tend to be the same individuals who have had or are having negative contacts with the law. They seem to whine and complain of how abusive LEOs are and yet they have nothing to offer other than negative comments and their inconsiderate attitudes while hiding behind a computer screen. I am and will always be PRO-Law Enforcement. Many forget that it is law enforcement who keeps us safe while some of us make retarded comments which only aim at undermining and insulting them. Way to go Joe Citizen-your gratitude is duely noted.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 7, 2009

    If my OWN SON were to refuse an honorable officer of the law, I would not publicly back my own son. And I would be ALL UP INSIDE my son's bizness. You can put money on that. I will not accept someone in my family giving the family a bad name. The officer was wrong. And this boy's Mommy and Daddy had better take care of business if they want their boy to live past 25 alive and as a free man.

  • onyourheels2 Oct 7, 2009

    how hard is it to obey an officer?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 7, 2009

    Journey985, you DO NOT have the right to refuse an officer. Or should I say, you do have the right. But the officer has the right to use whatever means possible to get you handcuffed after you refused him. You can argue with me all you want. I'm not going to convince you. Go find a cop somewhere and tell him what you really think about him. When he asks you to face the wall and put your hands behind your back, tell him NO! But call me first. I want to watch. And don't expect the courts to back you up. Because the officer would have done NOTHING wrong. Whatever it takes to subdue and handcuff the perp... being YOU in this scenario.

  • yabbadabbadooo Oct 7, 2009

    i've had a gun pulled on me by a 17 year old in chapel hill. The 16 year old and the older one got some serious charges.... the 13 and 14 year olds hanging out with them were just training for when they get old enough to do things to get into the big house.

    They have no business fighting in school to the point of having to have someone break up the fight. The parents should be fined for their kids conduct. Make them financially accountable. I don't have kids - I want a tax break for not burdening the system with this type of problem.

    It's organized baby sitting for parents anymore. Public education is not a right. I vote, and the more I see this, the less money the school system needs.

  • aroundthehorn Oct 7, 2009

    When I read the comments on this board of people supporting the actions of the delinquent over the actions of the officer, I realize why our schools and our society are in such sad shape.

  • The2ruthHurts Oct 7, 2009

    Journey985...sorry man, you have no idea what you are talking about. Teenagers are one of the most unpredictable group of individuals you can encounter in these type of situations. An emotional teenager is the equivalent of dealing with poisonous baby snakes. Tasers are issued to officers so they do not get injured trying to subdue a person. It may sound harsh to you, but that is reality. Keep your narrow-minded comments to yourself.

  • capitalland Oct 7, 2009

    Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Former Principal, Andre' Smith gets a DWI on prom night and keeps his job. As a matter of fact, gets promoted. Why would you expect anything better from the students there?