School Officer Tasers 6th Grader

Police Taser
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JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - School officials in Clayton County say a middle school security officer used a Taser on a sixth-grader to break up his fight with a girl.

Officials says the eleven-year-old shocked twice with the device at Jonesboro Middle School weighs 200 pounds and refused to obey orders to stop attacking the girl, also eleven. They say the Taser was used as a last resort to prevent her from being seriously injured.

The two had been taken to the office to resolve an argument that started during lunch and spilled into a classroom.

School spokesman Charles White said both students were treated for injuries, none of them serious. The boy was charged with assault and battery and was taken to a juvenile detention center, and later released to the custody of his mother.

Jonesboro police Sergeant Brad Johnson said the school security officer is Jonesboro police officer who carries the standard equipment of a pistol and a Taser.

School officials and police said they will investigate the incident.

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