School resource officer on leave after using Taser to wake up a student in class


    A school resource officer in Ohio is on unpaid leave after she allegedly “arc’d” a Taser in order to wake up a sleeping student.

    Part time School Resource Officer Maryssa Boskoski was working for the Liberty Preparatory School in Smithfield when she was called in to deal with a student who would not wake up for either the principal or the teacher.

    Boskoski reportedly gave an air burst with her Taser to wake the High School Junior up, but did not set it off anywhere near him.

    “She did take her Taser, remove the cartridge from it, and arced the Taser,” said Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk.

    It worked like a charm, but stunned Interim Principal Jenna Parnell.

    “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 News 5 Cleveland.

    The incident turned out to be a violation of the department’s Taser policy, something she is no stranger to: earlier this year, she reportedly tested a taser without removing the cartridge, nearly hitting an officer in the process.

    “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 said.

    Boskoski previously served in the US Air Force Reserves, and had previously received praise for a giving a homeless man clothing from her cruiser and taking him to a shelter.

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