Taser Used on Middle School Student

Middletown's school superintendent Patricia Charles says an incident took place early Wednesday between police and an unnamed student.


OUTSIDE HARTFORD, CT — A city student was subdued Wednesday morning with a Taser by Middletown Police outside Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

Middletown Police student resource and patrol officers "were called to the school today to assist the staff," according to Lt. Heather Desmond.

"When officers arrived, the student was uncooperative and combative. The officers tried to take the student into custody and during the arrest, the student was “drive” stunned one time with a Taser. The student was then compliant with officer’s directions and the arrest continued without further incident." 

No one was injured, Desmond said and declined to give out more details due to the student's age.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles confirmed the incident took place at about 9:30 a.m. at the Middletown school that serves seventh- and eighth-graders, but was unable to provide much more information. Charles declined to provide the student's age, sex or grade.

The school, on Hunting Hill Drive, was never on lockdown, Charles said, as the incident was resolved in less than an hour.

"The staff took appropriate action but it became necessary to enlist the police and the police took the action that they felt was necessary based on the circumstances. At no point was the safety of our students or any staff member at Woodrow Wilson compromised," Charles said.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our kids and that will remain  

Drive stunned, Desmond said, "is a more localized shock where using the prongs and shooting the probes into someone tends to be felt throughout the body, depending on where the probes enter."

The last such known use of a stun gun on a Middletown student took place in  September 2010, when police used an electronic pain device on Tanya Jackson's then-17-year-old son.

Jackson and her then-minor son, known only by the initials Z.J., brought a suit against the city, board of education and Middletown Police in May 2011. It was dismissed on Dec. 17, 2012. 

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mike April 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM
after working juvenile services on occasion as a deputy over 29 yrs. i would rather deal with hardened criminals than so called children, this kid could have been 6ft and 200lbs, they grow large quickly today, they also have been raised with the''no one can lay a hand on me, i dont have to do what you say attitude, They will fight you, hurt you they are undisiplined creetens for the most part,They will force you into upping the force level, He got tased i guess maybe they could have used their Baton on him,All he had to do was follow directions but evidently this is something he has been taught doesnt apply to him
John Alexander April 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Why is this even news? Unruly kids get disciplined every day. Mike is right about the size and attitude of some students that age. Of course the answer to my question is a media bias against Taser, which is why it is mentioned in the headlines. Reality is it was a very safe and effective means to quickly end a situation that could have escalated. Probably should blame the parents for allowing a mouthy kid to much leeway. Way isn't that the headline?
Judith April 11, 2013 at 01:04 PM
This gives me an idea! I think that this whole thing about arming teachers and putting armed guards at schools could be simplified. Why not arm them with tasers instead of guns?
Louie-Joe Thomas April 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Pam Magnoli April 11, 2013 at 05:17 PM
@Mike Fuston.....read again. The lawsuit was NOT for this kid, but a whole other incident altogether. Negates that comment.


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