Montgomery school police officer tases 16-year-old girl -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 4:55 p.m. on April 18, 2013.

A 16-year-old girl at Montgomery Blair High School was tased by a Montgomery County police officer Thursday after she “became very combative with staff” and struck the officer, according to schools spokesman Dana Tofig.

The girl, a freshman at the school, will be charged with second-degree assault and disruption of school, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Janelle Smith.

The student and officer, who is the school resource officer at Blair High, were both not seriously injured, Smith said. The girl was taken to the hospital, following procedure after someone is tased, she said.

The girl became combative after being told to go to class at about 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Smith said.

After the girl struck the officer, the officer used a Taser to shock the girl, Tofig said.

Additional police were called to the school, he said.

The student could face school disciplinary action, Tofig said.

Blair Principal Renay Johnson wrote in a letter to parents Thursday that the event happened during the school’s lunch period. The student assaulted the officer and had to be restrained by police, Johnson wrote.

The school’s security team and the county police department work closely to make sure there is a safe school environment, she wrote.

Johnson told parents that children should speak with school counselors and staff if they have questions.

Johnson addressed students over the loudspeaker Thursday afternoon, telling them there was an incident and that police were involved. She said a student involved was not seriously injured.

Students were recording the incident when it was happening and laughing, and that this behavior does not match the culture of the school, Johnson said.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler was at the school on Thursday teaching for the day as part of an event hosted by the county’s teachers union, Montgomery County Education Association.

Gansler was unaware of the incident until later in the day, said David Paulson, spokesman for Gansler.

Staff writer Daniel Leaderman contributed to this report.