ACLU urges TEA to ban use of tasers in schools

ACLU urges TEA to ban use of tasers in schools

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The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Texas Education Agency to ban the use of tasers by school resource officers.

A letter from the ACLU and several other agencies to the TEA says this is partially in response to an incident at Cedar Creek High School in November.

Noe Nino de Rivera, 17, was tased by a school resource officer and ended up in a coma for several weeks. The family's attorney says de Rivera was trying to break up a fight.

Now the ACLU wants "less-than-lethal" weapons liked tasers and pepper spray banned in schools and says tasers are being increasingly seen as lethal.

The ACLU says it also asked the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to ban tasers in school. That agency says they don't have the authority to do so but will work on training curriculum for school-based officers.

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