Semi-public humiliation has always been a tactic employed by vindictive teachers and professors who wish to wake sleeping students. Now there’s a new tool being used against those who snooze through class: a taser. While the nefarious method is effective, it may have cost one school resource officer her job.
The incident happened at the Liberty Preparatory School in Smithville, Ohio on August 30th. “The Smithville Police Department said Officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, was called to a classroom at on Aug. 30 to help wake a sleeping student,” Fox writes. “A teacher and the interim principal failed to stir the male student, who is a junior at the school.”
Officer Boskoski then went for something a bit more persuasive. She pulled the cartridge from her taser and pulled the trigger, which causes the device to arc. No barbs were deployed, and she didn’t hit the student with the arcing taser.
The distinctive sound may have been enough to wake the student. It may have been the noise from the other students in the class reacting to the sight and sound of the taser. Either way, the student woke up.
To be clear, the student was not tased.
The interim principal of the school, Jenna Parnell, wasn’t pleased. “I was a little surprised by it. Our interest is in the safety of our students so hearing that go off was a little alarming,” Parnell told reporters.
No one was injured in the incident. No one was tased. And the tactic woke the sleeping teen. That hasn’t quelled the collective outrage.
Smithville Police Department Chief Howard Funk told reporters “he will meet with the Smithville solicitor to determine if any charges should be filed against the officer. He said Boskoski violated the ‘use of the Taser policy’ and the incident could jeopardize her job.”
“It’s unfortunate and I’m disappointed that this took place. It’s something I would not have expected from any of our officers,” Funk added.