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School Resource Officer Suspended For Using a Taser to Wake Up Sleeping Student


Students and faculty were shocked last week when a school cop was called in to wake up a sleeping student and used a taser to do it.

Smithville, OH — Illustrating that cops in schools aren't always there for your child's protection, a school resource officer in Smithville, Ohio has been placed on leave after activating a Taser to wake up a student for sleeping in class.

Officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, shocked students and faculty alike when she was called to a room to wake up a sleeping student and pulled out her taser to do it.

The incident took place on August 30, at Liberty Preparatory School in Smithville. According to school staff, the student was out cold and would not wake up for the teacher nor the Interim Principal Jenna Parnell.

Instead of calling a doctor to see what was wrong with this student and why he wouldn't wake up, the school did what many schools across the country do when faced with normal everyday student problems—they called the cops.

When Boskoski entered the classroom and saw the sleeping student, she pulled out her taser and activated it right by the child's head.

"She did take her Taser, remove the cartridge from it, and arced the Taser," said Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk.

According to police, the probes were not deployed and the taser didn't actually touch the student. However, the sound of it, coupled with the ensuing chaos from the shocked students and teachers were enough to wake him up.

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