Painesville: Officer tasers teen at Harvey High School

Published: Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:39 AM EDT
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PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A police officer tasered a teenager at school Monday and now many are asking did the officer take things too far?  The victim spoke only to 19 Action News.  

We've seen stories of people being tasered out on the streets, but this time a teen was tasered inside his own school in front of all his Harvey High School classmates.

"I raised my voice and that was about it until I got hit with a taser," said Alvin Brown.

It happened Monday around 12:30 at the Painesville high school.  Alvin says he asked permission to leave his class and go to library.  Later, he says the Vice Principal questioned him, saying he left class without permission.  Then in the cafeteria Alvin says that's when he was approached by the resource officer.  Witnesses tell us what happened next.

"He came into the lunchroom with his taser already pulled out like he was prepared to taser him," said Cheyenne Steen.

"He popped him.  He dropped and he started yelling," said Anthony Koshewitz.
"I didn't swing on him or start throwing stuff or kicking for him to tase me like that. I've never been tased before," said Alvin Brown.

The resource officer is a cop employed by the Painesville Police Department.  The city released this statement:  "The resource officer was called to assist with an unruly 17 year old male during the course of the investigation the officer had to utilize his department issued taser in order to take the male into custody."

Alvin's mother knows her son can be strong-willed but says he can be talked down and that should have happened considering Alvin was born with a heart murmur.

"As big as all you guys are and he's 17 years old. You mean to tell me there was nothing else you could have did besides taser him," said Ali Reynolds.

The school district says they are investigating this incident and that the safety and security of our students is a high priority.  Well Alvin says he knows there are two sides to every story and when they look at their security video they'll finally see his side.

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