Cleveland ISD: Girl resisting officer hit with Taser

The 7th grader was reportedly involved in an argument with a girl on the bus when things got out of hand
December 10, 2013 4:41:07 PM PST
A Cleveland middle school student was shocked with a Taser twice on a school bus. Investigators say the seventh grade girl hit a Cleveland ISD officer on the bus, and things escalated from there.

Chief Rex Evans from the Cleveland ISD Police Department wasn't on board the school bus during Monday afternoon's altercation, but on Tuesday he took Eyewitness News to a similar bus to reenact what he says was captured on surveillance video.

"I think everybody was very shocked, at least that's what I see, is everyone couldn't believe what was happening," Chief Evans said. "Officer Allen had to board the bus, walk down to her and attempts to escort her off the bus. She refused and it escalated very quickly from there."

We're told the 14-year-old 7th grade student was sitting near the back of the bus when she first came in contact with Officer Angie Allen. The student allegedly struck the officer with her hand after refusing to cooperate.

"That whole assault and the pushing and shoving and officer trying to restrain her all occurred up to this point," said Chief Evans.

Chief Evans says the student then continued to curse at the officer despite threats of force and that's when Officer Allen felt she had no other choice but to pull out her Taser and deploy it against the student.

"If you attempted to deploy like a baton or mace or something like that, it's going to adversely affect everyone," Chief Evans explained.

The struggle didn't end there. Chief Evans said despite being hit by the Taser, the student continued to harass the officer who in turn had to shock the teenage girl a second time. Only then did the student comply and finally got off the bus.

The teen was checked out by EMS and is said to be OK. She was taken to Cleveland ISD headquarters to meet with district officials and her parents.

The district tells us the girl realizes she made several bad decisions and apologized to the officer. At this point, there have been no charges filed.

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