- Smithville, Ohio police officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, was placed on leave last month after using a taser to wake a sleeping 16-year-old student at Liberty Preparatory School.
- Boskoski did not deploy the taser’s barbs, but rather set off the noise that the weapon makes, leaving student Cameron Kosunick uninjured.
- Police Chief Howard Funk said that Boskoski broke departmental policy and could be fired, pending an internal review.
A police officer has been placed on leave after using a taser to wake a sleeping high school student.
The incident in question happened on August 30 at Liberty Preparatory School, a charter school in Smithville, Ohio.
Junior Cameron Kosunick, 16, had fallen asleep during his „learning lab“ class, which is described as the school’s study hall, and refused to wake up, even for his teacher and the principal.
Eventually, officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, the school’s resource officer, was brought into the room.
Jenna Parnell, interim principal, told the Alliance Review that Boskoski brandished her taser without warning and then „arced“ it — meaning she set off a sound but didn’t eject the barbs.
„I thought it was a joke, honestly,“ Parnell said.
The sound of the taser and the ensuing commotion in the classroom was enough to wake Kosunick up.
He told Fox 8 Cleveland that he fell asleep because he works a job until 10 or 10:30 p.m. after school and has a hard time falling asleep at night.
The teen said he doesn’t want Boskoski to lose her job, but does hope she learns a lesson.
„Like she needs to know that wasn’t right — that she shouldn’t have done that under any circumstance unless she was in danger,“ he said.
Boskoski has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation and could be fired.
Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk said that while he doesn’t believe any laws were broken, Boskoski did violate departmental policy.
„Specifically with regard to the taser policy. It prohibits an officer from brandishing, displaying, or in any other way using the taser unless the circumstances are such that the officer believes they may have to use it or has a reasonable expectation that they would have to use the taser to protect themselves or someone else,“ Funk said.
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