MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) - A middle school student was tased by police in Middletown and police say they used the stun gun to subdue the combative student.
Middletown police were called to Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Wednesday, to help school staff with an unruly student.
"For them to let a situation get out of control like that, it's not good. It doesn't say a lot for the staff to let something happen like that," said John Bess, a Middletown resident.
What happened was use of force by Middletown police. When officers tried to make the arrest, they say the student was uncooperative and fought back. To subdue the combative middle schooler, police used a stun gun.
"Middle school might be a little young for tasing," said Robert Grismer, a Middletown resident.
According to the Middletown police use of force policy:
"Law enforcement officers shall use only that force which is reasonably necessary to effectively control a situation, effect an arrest, overcome resistance to arrest or defend themselves or others from harm or bring an incident under control."
The incident was under control after using the stun gun. After being tased once, the student started to cooperate.
Still all residents News 8 talked to say no matter the situation, using a stun gun on a young student is excessive.
"Never heard of anything like this happening before in the middle school, it seems a little excessive to tase a young child like that," said Bess. "They don't need to use such a basically dangerous weapon, it could have caused the child to have a heart attack. That's a lot of electricity."
"It's pretty extreme I think," said Cynthia Bess, a Middletown resident.
Police say no one was injured in the incident. Officers declined News 8's request for an on-camera interview.