Mother Tasered At Mississippi School Outside Principal’s Office Where Her Son Had Been Hit With Paddle
When she became upset at the way her child was being disciplined at school, she was tasered by police officers:
GUNTOWN, Mississippi (Reuters) – A woman who became increasingly irate about her child being disciplined at middle school was shocked twice with a Taser outside the principal’s office and arrested on Wednesday, authorities said.
Michele Lee Eaton, 39, of Saltillo, Mississippi, was briefly jailed after the incident at Guntown Middle School, said the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
At about 8 a.m. CDT (9.00 a.m. EDT), Eaton met with school principal Steven Havens because she was upset her son had been disciplined, said Lee County School Superintendent Jimmy Weeks. He declined to disclose the child’s age, grade or what discipline was involved other than to say it was not corporal punishment.
“The more they talked, the more irate she got,” Weeks said. “She used profanity and vulgar language. It was heard outside the office and in the hallway.”
A member of the Guntown Police Department who is assigned to the school repeatedly asked Eaton to stop and she refused, Weeks said. When the officer warned her she faced arrest, she became angrier and used more profanity, he said.
Eaton left the office but was twice warned to stop because she was under arrest and would be shocked with a Taser if she kept walking.
“She didn’t stop so he tased her,” Weeks said. “After he tased her the first time, she called him a profane name and he tased her again. At that time, she became compliant.”
Eaton was taken to the Lee County Jail before being released on $1,600 bail on charges of disorderly conduct, public profanity, resisting arrest and failure to comply with a law enforcement officer.
There are so many things wrong with this story, that the woman was tasered at her child’s school, that the principal escalated the incident to the point that the mother became so upset, that the police couldn’t handle the situation better than to taser the mother…
The mother had said that her son was on the “Do Not Paddle List,” which does apparently exist in the backwater area of Mississippi that allows children to be hit with a wooden paddle by school officials.
What is more insane here: the hitting of a child with a wooden weapon used by adults as authoritative school admin figures or the fact that when the mom complains, the school calls the cops to taser her? Civil rights violations much Guntown?
The incident marked at least the second time that Eaton had complained to school officials about disciplining her child, Weeks said. In 2010, she said her son had been spanked even though he was on the school’s “Do Not Paddle List,” he said.
Unlike 31 states that have banned corporal punishment in schools, according to http://www.stophitting.com, Mississippi allows some teachers to keep a wooden paddle in the classroom for discipline.
The northeastern Mississippi community of Guntown has seen its share of publicity recently after the kidnapping of two young girls by a man who was suspected of killing their mother and older sister and burying them in Guntown. He later committed suicide as police closed in on him last week and rescued the two girls.
Note that this is a middle school, whose students are between the ages of 12-14 years old, and still being hit with wooden paddles as a means of so-called “discipline,” which sounds strangely, to me, like these school officials are engaging in a form of pedophilia.
If you would like to communicate with the school to voice your displeasure, here is their contact information that I found on-line:
Guntown Middle School
P.O. Box Drawer 8
1539 Main Street
Guntown, MS 38849
Steven Havens – Principal
Missy Cates – Secretary
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