Sheriff officials: Internal investigation underway after student was tased at career center

SMITHVILLE — The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation after a school resource officer used a taser on a male student Tuesday at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.

Wayne County Sheriff Captain Doug Hunter confirmed to Fox 8 that the school resource officer involved in the incident will not be at the school, while the investigation is pending.

Officials say the 17-year-old student was arguing with school administrators and the officer. They also say the student was threatening.

In an email sent to Fox 8 by Dr. Kip Crain, Superintendent Of WCSCC,  the student was tased after refusing to listen to the Dean of Students, the CTE Supervisor, and School Resource Officer, and then threatening the deputy.

The superintendent also stated the homeschool principal and career center principal had been working with the student and student’s father on numerous discipline issues this year to help him be successful at the career center. He added that this is the first time in his 15 years that a student has been tased by an SRO at the career center.

A video of the incident sent to Fox 8 shows the officer, and school officials, attempting to restrain the student, who was walking away from them.  At one point the deputy tases the student who falls to the ground.

Hunter and school officials say they believe the student is ok.

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