Groups Urge TEA to Ban Use of Tasers, Spray in Schools

Citing new federal guidelines and recent violent incidents between school police officers and students, a coalition of interest groups has asked the Texas Education Agency to ban the use of “less lethal” weapons, including Tasers and pepper spray, on students.

In a letter sent to the TEA on Wednesday, the seven-member coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and Texas Appleseed, a public-interest law center, called the use of Tasers and pepper spray on children dangerous and "unconscionable." In the letter, the groups noted a recent incident involving Noe Niño de Rivera, a Bastrop student who ...

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