Tased and Confused

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Tasers have become an increasingly popular weapon for police faced with a need to stop someone without killing them, but now tasers are under fire after reports of their use on kids as young as six years old.

Henry Johnson has a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old. He thinks police should not be allowed to use tasers in schools.

Henry says, "As a parent, I don’t think so because it’s potentially very dangerous. There have been people who have had heart attacks, at least that’s what I’ve heard, so I’m opposed to it."

So is state Sen. Tony Hill. He filed a bill to ban tasers on school property after hearing the high-powered stun guns have been used on at least seven students in his district, all of whom are African-American.

Sen. Tony Hill, (D) Jacksonville, FL, says, "The taser hits you, you have to have medical assistance to get the prongs out and that’s kind of a little barbaric to me to have that in a school setting."

But police say there are legitimate reasons to use tasers in schools, especially if the safety of others is involved.

David Murrell is executive director of Florida’s Police Benevolent Association. He says, "Let’s take a scenario of a 250-pound, 18-year-old student who’s holding a teacher and classmates hostage. If I were a parent, I would like for the police officers to be able to step in to stop the situation and save lives."

Plus, he says using a taser instead of a gun could help police save the life of the troubled teenage hostage-taker as well, an option police might not have if tasers were banned at school.


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