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.What impact do tasers have? According to Port Huron, [Michigan] police officer David Conley [after being zapped with 50,000 volts of electricity] “It felt like I was pounded into the ground with a tree,” |
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 |
Some parents say the weapons are excessive and could easily be misused, especially with children who have attention-deficit or hyperactivity disorder | Reta Russell-Houghton, president of the Duval County PTA/PSA, representing 154 schools and 4,500 members, said Tasers® in schools are inappropriate because children react differently from adults.
"What officers might perceive as a life-threatening situation at school might not be," she said.
State Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, has introduced a bill in the Legislature to ban Tasers® in all Florida schools. He said the bill is waiting to be assigned to a committee | School Superintendent John Fryer declined to comment, saying the topic was premature |
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