MOORESVILLE, NC – Mixed reactions to the events surrounding a 17-year-old girl finding herself on the business end of a deployed Taser. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that on Teusday, 17-year-old Teresa Louise Bova was unable to adequately handle whatever drug she had taken while at Lake Norman High School. Slurred speech and dilated pupils led to the school administrators asking school resource officer, Marsha Sigmon, to escort her out of class and to the office to wait for her mother. But Bova had other plans. After fighting with Sigmon – even getting out of handcuffs that had been placed on her – Bova began running down the hall. Sigmon informed Bova it was in her best interest to stop, which Bova ignored. So Sigmon zapped her. Bova was then placed back in handcuffs but the assistance of a second deputy was needed to subdue Bova who still had some fight left in her. She has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In a surprising move, her mother refused to get her out of jail. Read the Sheriff Department’s full account of what happened after the break
Sheriff Phil Redmond stated: on 4/27/10 Deputy M. Sigmon the School Resource Officer at Lake Norman High School was asked to assist Administration in escorting a student to the principals office to wait on her mother. Deputy Sigmon arrived and asked the assistant principal what she needed to assist with. The assistant principal said he thought Teresa Louise Bova, 17 of 120 Commodore Loop Mooresville was under the influence of an impairing substance. Deputy Sigmon stated she noticed that Bova’s pupils were dilated and she was disoriented then she asked Bova what she was doing, Bova responded but was slurring her speech. Sigmon again asked what she was doing and again was slurring her speech but said going to class. Sigmon and two assistant principals were escorting Bova to the office. Sigmon stated everything was fine until they started down one hall and Bova decided she wanted to go another direction. Sigmon attempted to take Bova by the arm and lead her in the right direction, Bova jerked away from Sigmon and stated she would not do what she said. Sigmon attempted to detain Bova by cuffing her for her safety and the safety of the other students since Bova was becoming combative.
Deputy Sigmon got one handcuff on and Bova started resisting and fighting with Sigmon and two assistant principals. Once in cuffs, Bova got her hand out of one of the cuffs and became combative again. Bova started running down the hall toward classrooms. Sigmon pulled out her taser and told Bova to stop or she would be tased. Bova refused and the taser was deployed.
Sigmon and two assistant principals re-handcuffed Bova and again attempted to escort her to the office. Bova began to stiffen her legs and still refused to comply with any request. After they started moving toward the office, Bova again got one hand free from a handcuff and started resisting Sigmon again. Deputy M. Burleyson arrived to assist.
If you read the comments at the Charlotte Observer link, you may be as surprised as I was to see that people want the officer removed from the school. They feel that a combative teenager under the influence of drugs who is physically fighting a cop, her principle and assistant principle should have had someone make her a bed of rose petals in the hallway and stroke her hair until she calmed down. They should be lucky that a cop didn’t use pepper spray inside the school or tackle her ass — or use a baton like I would have. Obviously I am not a cop for good reason as I would probably use a baton in all situations.
Citizen: “Excuse me Officer Morbid, there seems to be some troubl-”
Officer Morbid: *beats citizen repeatedly over the head with baton*
So hopefully you have checked out the comments at the link and read the official report of the incident…what do you think? Should she have been Tased, or do you think there was a better, SAFER alternative?Tags: disorderly conduct, police brutality, student, Taser