Do Not Taser Children TILTcast 26

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April 9, 2010  

This I Learned Today (The TILTcast) # 26

When a child asks for a candy, give him one after lunch.

When a classroom asks for a candy because he saw one child with one, oblige.

At least the officer got release forms, gotta be practical with things like this.

When a classroom on a playground asks to see what a Taser feels like, do NOT shock thirty students. (Who would have thought?) Please do not tase me

(story courtesy colleague Theresa Collington and LEADVILLE - In Colorado, a Lake County Sheriff's deputy was put on unpaid administrative leave on Thursday after he used a dry Taser to shock 30 students.

The incident happened at a career fair at the Lake County High School in Leadville on Thursday morning.

According to school administrators, the students asked the deputy to shock them so they knew what it felt like.

Two of the students received minor burns and were taken to a local hospital. They were treated and released.

A student says one female student was shocked seven times at her request.

Betty Kokenes, the school superintendent, says she had no idea students were being shocked.

"I believe it's not appropriate and it wasn't an authorized activity," she said.

She says she is investigating if any teachers saw it happen.

A spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff's Department says this is not a common practice and should not have happened.

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