WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. — A Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputy shot a 17-year-old Ypsilanti High School student with a Taser gun Friday after investigators said he refused to go the principal’s office.
The incident began in the afternoon when the student got into a verbal altercation with another student. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson said the student refused to listen to teachers who were trying to send him to the principals office after they diffused the original altercation.
Jackson said the student assaulted the principal and wrestled with the deputy before the school deputy pulled out his Taser gun and blasted him.
“They said it was really used when the individual resisted arrest and wouldn’t calm down,” said Jackson.
Horrified students watched as the student was shot with the Taser gun outside of a classroom.
“He smacked the ground. It was a loud smack,” said sophomore Nicolette Jackson. “He was fighting back with them so after he wouldn’t stop the officer tased him, that was it, he handcuffed him and it was over,” said Jackson.
However, some people think the deputy used excessive force.
“I think they should have taken another approach then tasing somebody,” said an Ypsilanti High School parent.
The student was sent home with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the case. The student is serving a 10-day suspension, and could possibly be expelled. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department is reviewing the deputy’s use of the Taser.
Anytime a deputy draws a weapon, the department looks into if the appropriate amount of force was used.