Latest News

Student Tasered and handcuffed in school for refusing to go into class (video)

By Mason White 1:05 PM September 12, 2014
Classroom illustration 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A school superintendent was seen on video using a Taser on a student.

Matthew Barnes, 17, of Kentucky, who attends Franklin County School, was Tasered by a school resource officer after refusing to go to class.

Surveillance video of the incident proves that Barnes had been confronted, Tasered and handcuffed after a verbal argument with the principal.

Barnes did not seem to be acting violent when the officer pulled out his Taser and deployed it. The officer then handcuffed Barnes, as he and two other school employees held him down.

Barnes was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all because he refused to go to class.

The incident occurred at 8:58 a.m., according to the time stamp on the video. A staff member told him to go to class a few minutes before that time.

Barnes said that he refused because he was watching a student news program on TV in the common area. The staff member called the principal and the school resource officer, leading to his arrest.

New Kentucky State regulations limit the use of physical force of school employees against students. In most cases, it is not permitted unless the student is a danger to himself or others.

However, the rules do not apply to sworn officers. The resource officer who used the Taser and arrested Barnes, is a deputy sheriff in Franklin County.

Record show that two years ago, 384 students were arrested and 1,209 students were charged with crimes for incident in schools throughout the state, according to data from the Department of Education.

Last year, 260 were arrested and 860 were charged.

Barnes was sentenced to probation and ordered by the court to apologize to the officer who Tasered him.