Friday, January 07, 2005

Anything to make sure no child is left behind

Duval County to equip school officers with Tasers

"JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police officers working in Duval County middle and high schools will soon carry Taser guns, joining the ranks of several other counties where the stun guns are issued to school resource officers.

Some school officials are surprised by the action, saying they were never told by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that it planned to issue stun guns to the officers assigned to most middle and high schools.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has signed a $1.8 million contract with Taser International to buy 1,800 Tasers over the next two years.
A policy being drafted by the Sheriff's Office said the weapons should not be used on pregnant women or suspects in control of a motor vehicle, in danger of falling from an elevated location or near a pool, lake or flammable liquid or fumes. They also should not be used on animals. The proposed policy does not mention any limitation on students."

Tasers on kids, OK; tasers on animals, bad.


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