April 9, 2009
Lakeland, Florida Middle School Student Tasered
A student at a Florida school was Tasered and arrested on a charge of battery on a law officer. The thirteen-year-old girl physically resisted the school’s resource officer’s attempts to take her to the school office.
The Southwest Middle School student was shot with a Taser by the school official Lori Edwards in an effort to control the girl.
The Lakeland Ledger reports:
“(Young) is not a normal sized 13 year old child,” Edwards wrote in a report. “She is 5’4 weighing 185 pounds and very strong.”
The Lakeland, Florida youth has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer.
The Lakeland Police Department says that Edwards followed department policy in the manner she handled the incident.