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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Police Officer used stun gun on students during friendly demonstration, one hospitalized.

January 13, 2010
posted by --Joel Hood and Andrew L. Wang

Kankakee, Illinois-- A police officer is on leave, students are puzzled and parents are outraged as the fallout from a Taser demonstration gone awry rippled through the halls of Kankakee Junior High School on Wednesday.

Kankakee police said an officer assigned to the school zapped three male students who had volunteered to be part of an unsanctioned, classroom demonstration on Tuesday. Police said the Taser was used on the students for about a second, but long enough to send at least one briefly to a hospital.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the Police Department and school district investigate...

The boy's mother, Alta Young, told Channel 7 that Maiden has a heart murmur and that when she found out about the incident, she took him to the emergency room. He was released soon after...

Although police and school officials would not confirm it, Young said this wasn't the first time the officer has used a Taser on students in class...

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