School Resource Officer Uses Stun Gun on Delaware Teen

After the 17-year-old boy failed to comply with verbal commands and became physically aggressive, the officer deployed a stun gun.

What to Know

  • Delaware school officers used a stun gun on a 17-year-old boy Monday morning, after he refused to comply with verbal commands.
  • The school superintendent says that since the confrontation became more physical, "it became necessary" to stun the student.
  • Delaware state police are still investigating.

On Monday, a Delaware high school student who police say fought with two staff members was shot with a stun gun.

Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe says the 17-year-old boy failed to comply with the Sussex Central High School resource officer's verbal commands Monday, and began striking, biting and grabbing the officer's gun belt.

"It became necessary" for the officer to deploy the stun gun to subdue the teen, Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele said. According to WBOC-TV, Steele also said that such officers are trained in the use of Tasers and used them during this incident to ensure student and staff safety.

The student did not have a weapon during the exchange.

After being stunned, the student was taken into custody and then hospitalized for an evaluation. Steele commended the officers and staff members for their actions, saying they handled the situation "with professionalism."

Delaware state police are investigating.

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