Cunning stunts – tasers revisited

I had a look at what Wikipedia has to say about tasers and found some interesting and also amusing stuff – although not necessarily having both qualities at the same time…

‘Taser and its supporters in the police community regularly attribute the cause of deaths that follow Tasering to “excited delirium”, a phenomenon in which agitated or disturbed individuals being apprehended by police respond in an irrational, bizarre and hyperactive manner. Critics argue that as this alleged condition only exists in relationship to being apprehended by police, its existence is dubious.’

Hmm…people do tend to get stressed out when apprehended by the Old Bill somewhat…

Police officers that patrol schools, including grade schools, in several U.S. states (including Kansas, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Florida), currently carry tasers. In 2004, the parents of a 6-year old boy in Miami sued the police department for tasering their child. The police said the boy was threatening to injure his own leg with a shard of glass, and claimed that using the taser was the only option to stop the boy from injuring himself.

Sheesh…6 years old…Don’t hurt yourself or I’ll…er…I’ll….hurt you…Child psychology at its best!

Supporters of taser use in schools argue that merely switching on the device, and threatening to use it, can be effective in frightening violent or uncooperative students into desisting from inappropriate behaviour, if verbal reprimands have not succeeded.

I’ll bet it’s effective. So is a gun FFS…

Taser devices are not considered firearms by the U.S. government. They can be legally carried (concealed or open) without a permit in 43 states.

Why am I not surprised…?

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One Response

  1. I think this is going to be a problem having tasers, pepper spray ect. in schools. This is the dumbesting our wonderful government can do. First to all those kids that have heart problems such as murmurs, a taser will kill them. Pepper spray can cause so many issues with a childs respitory system. Think of the children with asthma this will kill them. I’ve been pepper sprayed before and i wasn’t even in direct contact. Even if you don’t have asthma it makes you feel like you can’t catch your breath almost like your drowning. Yeah let’s give kids more things to have to worry about. I think they are starting to treat schools as if they have hardened criminals that have no conscience. Come on these are children, don’t get me wrong there are bada** kids every where but i’m sure a police official can take down a little kid any day with all of there training. I think they are using excessive force now. Its funny they always want to blame the parents about the kids i’m sorry blame all those idiots that told us we can’t spank our children or knock sense in to them. I’m from the old school where people got there a** kicked by there parents when they stepped out of line. Let’s go back to when we were able to actually discipline our children and get child services called on us for being a parent. Wise up people a taser used on a child, pepper spray used on a child seriously people wise up and think with your head and actually care about kids again because apparently no one seems to really care and that’s why teachers failing rates for there students are so high. Teachers do your jobs parents start spanking and knocking sense into your kids and the world will be a better place and there will be less bada** kids in this world. Gangs would dissappear i tell you that!

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