9-year-old who skipped school is Tasered

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9-year-old who skipped school is Tasered
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Tue, 03-13-2012 - 1:53pm

An Ohio police officer says he used a stun gun twice on a 9-year-old who skipped school because the child refused to cooperate with his commands. He says the child's mother warned the boy, who weighs between 200 and 250 pounds, to obey the officer or he'd be shocked.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/13/10669114-report-9-year-old-who-skipped-school-is-tasered

I don't know where to start on this one! Tasering a 9 year old is horrendous... even

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:17pm
papparic wrote:

I may be missing something, but since when is non-attendance at school a police matter? And what would tasering do to get the kid to go to school? If tasering doesn't work, what is plan B?

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Registered: 03-30-2007
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 12:19pm

Ohio has a big problem with kids skipping school.

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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 10:10am

I may be missing something, but since when is non-attendance at school a police matter? And what would tasering do to get the kid to go to school? If tasering doesn't work, what is plan B?

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Thu, 03-15-2012 - 9:14am

Ah... my bad. I stand corrected. :smileywink:

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 3:34pm
This was mentioned in the OP, but also in this article: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/12/9-year-old-tasered.html

"O’Neil wrote that after repeated warnings, he pulled Jared from the couch, but he “dropped to the floor and became dead weight ... flailing around,” and the boy lay on his hands to prevent being handcuffed."
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 12:09pm
iluvkrat wrote:
I would think that a flailing 200+ pound kid would be a serious danger to an officer.

Agreed... but the article stated:
"According to a copy of the police report provided by the mayor’s office to msnbc.com, the officer wrote that the boy “dropped to the floor and became dead weight” and lay on his hands to prevent being handcuffed."

Dead weight normally isn't flailing around.

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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 12:06pm
hottllipps wrote:

... I don't know about tasering, but the officer was left with what? Tackle or taser? Seemed the mom was the one who called for the taser.

I was thinking more along the lines of calling for back-up first. Tasering seems a bit of an extreme reaction; and chances are, that same mom would be raising on heck of a stink if the tasering had inflicted damage to her son.

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Tue, 03-13-2012 - 4:35pm
I would think that a flailing 200+ pound kid would be a serious danger to an officer.
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Tue, 03-13-2012 - 4:12pm

The height doesen't suprise me, since my almost 8 yo dd is pushing 5' already, but she doesen't top 80 lbs. Getting close though. She's an Amazon. But I was weighing Kindergarteners that already weighed 105. It was sad really. Two of them were real problem kids. One of them I could see being impossible to handle in another year or two. I don't know about tasering, but the officer was left with what? Tackle or taser? Seemed the mom was the one who called for the taser.



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Registered: 05-03-2011
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 2:40pm
I can't get over the fact that this 9-year-old kid is supposedly 5'5" (my height) and weighs over 200 pounds. There's apparently a heck of a lot going on in that home with a young kid being that morbidly obese and apparently his mother has no control of him whatsoever.