Group pushes governor to ban Tasers and pepper spray in schools

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas American Civil Liberties Union is asking Governor Rick Perry to ban the use of pepper spray and Tasers in schools.

The ACLU and other groups have already sent a similar request to the Texas Education Agency.

The push comes after a Bastrop County deputy used a stun gun on a student at Cedar Creek High School in November following a fight at the school.

The student hit his head on the floor and ended up in a coma. His family then filed a lawsuit against the deputy and the school district.

Last week, the FBI said they would open up an investigation into the use of the stun gun on the student, Niño de Rivera.

Rivera’s hospital bills total more than $1.5 million and continue to grow, according to the family’s lawyer, Adam Loewy.

Loewy also released the surveillance video from inside the school, saying it shows a use of excessive force. However, investigators note it does not clearly demonstrate what happened prior to the tasing.

The state’s largest police association defended the use of the stun gun, saying the teen appeared coherent after the tasing and even apologized to officers during the incident.

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