In Texas, it is A-okay for a school resource officer to tase students whom they consider to be out of control. In the case of 17 year old Nino de Rivera, his attempt to break up a fight resulted in an electric shock which threw him to the ground and caused severe brain damage, putting him in a medically induced coma.

A growing number of people are raising concerns about the Texas school system’s liberal use of Tasers, many pointing out that Texas juvenile detention centers do not allow Tasers to be used on children in their facility.

“Tasers — along with all ‘percussive or electrical shocking devices’ and ‘restraints that are intended to inflict pain’– are banned from state-run juvenile detention centers, according to the Texas Administrative Code,” The Huffington Post reports.

After Rivera’s tragic injury groups have moved to have the Tasers banned in schools, but as of yet, nothing has changed and Texas schoolchildren are still at risk of vigilante police electroshock.

Read more at The Huffington Post “Kids In Texas Are More Likely To Get Tasered At School Than In Jail.”

 

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com