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School officer assaulted, uses Taser on student

Posted October 1, 2008 2:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2008 6:06 p.m. EDT

— A school resource officer at Middle Creek High School used a Taser to subdue a student accused of assaulting the officer Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Sean Elrod, 16, was charged with assault on a government official in the incident.

The school resource officer – a Cary police officer assigned to Middle Creek High, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave. – was in a school office with a ninth-grade student at about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday when the student assaulted the officer, said Michael Evans, spokesman for the Wake County school system. The officer then stunned the student with a Taser, Evans said.

Evans would not say if the police officer was a man or a woman. The school's Web site lists a Michael Anderson as school resource officer, but shows it was last updated in February.

Both the officer and the student were taken to WakeMed for treatment of minor injuries.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore issued a statement Thursday supporting the officer's use of the Taser.

“This is a exactly the type of situation we purchased the Taser for, and while it is unfortunate this student was injured, we are very pleased that the officer who was attacked had this tool to defend himself with,” the statement said.