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Taser used on Seventy-First High students

Posted November 5, 2008

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— A Cumberland County deputy used a Taser on three students involved in a fight at Seventy-First High School Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The incident marked the second time in seven months a law enforcement agent has used a Taser on students at the school.

On Wednesday, the students were arguing over a girl when the dispute escalated into a fight outside the school's auditorium shortly after 9:30 a.m., authorities said.

The deputy, whose name wasn't released, is assigned to Seventy-First High as a school resource officer, and he resorted to using his Taser after an unsuccessful attempt at breaking up the fight, authorities said.

The device delivers an electric shock that subdues people.

No injuries were reported.

Students Rashad Smith, 16, Keenan Brown, 18, Deangelo Pine, 16, and Michael Mathis, 18, have been charged with disorderly conduct, simple affray and resisting arrest in the incident.

School officials said the students also will face disciplinary action.


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  • cragan Nov 6, 2008

    It s better than a gun and most kids could use a good tazzing parents arent going to control them like they should with a belt and a stick

  • ifcdirector Nov 6, 2008

    Put them in jail.

  • buckos18 Nov 6, 2008

    I can see the headline now..."Officer slams kid to the ground and breaks his (insert body part)." Good to see that most people on here understand the many challenges that LEOs face. Especially in our increasingly violent public schools. Plain and simple, when you have gang members and other thugs in public schools, this is going to happen. When mom and grandma are raising these kids and dad is no where to be found some kids tend to fall through the cracks.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 6, 2008

    hkypky said: That's an interesting theory. So the "Dr. Phil" question of the day then is: Why is it then that all of us who were brought up so well 20-40 years ago happen to have all these mean and impolite kids?

    Very simple answer... lazy parenting. Did you read my entire post?

  • hkypky Nov 6, 2008

    DeathRow: That's an interesting theory. So the "Dr. Phil" question of the day then is: Why is it then that all of us who were brought up so well 20-40 years ago happen to have all these mean and impolite kids?

    Is their hope then, using the two wrongs making a right analogy that faulty parents and degenerate kids are going to somehow produce something more positive next generation?

    I dunno, but I can't see placing 100% of the blame on parents anymore than I can putting it on the kids. It has, and always will be, a 50/50 proposition.

  • LovingLife Nov 6, 2008

    I attended 71st and graduated in 1996. It was a pretty decent school. I think in general, kids just do not have respect for authority figures nowadays. They're a bunch of spoiled brats. I knew that if I every got into a fight at school and was suspended, it would be another fight when I got home. Moms would bust my behind. LOL..Believe me, I was more scared of her than I was of anyone at that school!!! I have a little sister that is a senior in high school and I am just amazed at some of the stories she tells me..**shaking my head**

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 6, 2008

    "This is a different age. What happened 20 years ago is irrelevant to today. Kids are meaner and have no respect for authority."

    I have to respectfully disagree. Its not the children that have changed. Its the parents. If you raise a child morally right today, the same as kids were raised 20, 30, or 40 years ago, the child will become the same good, clean kid as the kid 20, 30, or 40 years ago. I know many, many kids today, especially through the church, who are great kids and would never cause the kind of problems you are hearing about. But you have to start early, as in the first 2 years of the child's life, and be consistently stern and unwavering their entire life.

  • jgriffith3792 Nov 6, 2008

    Good. Tase them. Then give the LEO a commendation and a raise. Then send these punks somewhere else so that those children who are there to learn, can learn without this type of disruption.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Nov 6, 2008

    Good, glad that the officer was able to break up the fight even it meant using the taser.

  • tank1234 Nov 6, 2008

    I think the taser is ok. I mean why should the police offier
    get hurt or others becasue of these idiots. I bet they think'twice before they fight again. Kids today carry guns,knifes and are not afraid of the ploice. When I was in school I wa afraid of them telling my parents.