Student tased by Round Rock officer during school fight



Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 9:11 AM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Detectives at the Round Rock Police Department are waiting to review surveillance footage of a fight between students Monday. The fight ended when an officer deployed his Taser on a 16-year-old Stony Point High School student.

RRPD Commander Jim Stewart told KVUE News that the incident happened during lunch period Monday when two students began fighting.

Seven to 10 other students joined in, according to Stewart.

The responding officer, a 10-year veteran of the force, reportedly gave verbal commands trying to get students to stop.

While most of the young people involved complied to the officer’s commands, two of them kept tussling and refused to stop.

RRPD says the officer, who was alone, did not have a choice but to deploy his Taser that hit the 16-year-old boy in the stomach. Williamson County EMS officials examined him, and he did not have any injuries. The student was taken to the hospital to get the Taser prongs removed.

Stony Point High School parents who spoke to KVUE Monday night were torn on the issue.

“The teachers and the school officials can't control the kids. It becomes dangerous to them and to the police also,” said Greg Pate, a parent of three students at Stony Point High School.

Others debated on the method used to stop the fight.

“If you're going to feel like you need to take an extra step, pepper spray them. That will stop them real quick,” said another Stony Point parent, Nora Stevens.

Sharon Shaw, president of the Stony Point High School Parents, Students and Teachers Association, told KVUE the organization is against Tasers being used on students.

Tasers used on students is an issue PSTA plans to address at one of the upcoming RRISD board meetings.