CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Officers used a Taser on a 17-year-old Garinger High School student who they say was assaulting his girlfriend in a school parking lot Monday.
Police say the officers were attacked while trying to protect the 16-year-old victim, which resulted in the 17-year-old being shocked.
Students are concerned that the Taser was used on a fellow student, saying officers went too far.
"He could have been dead or something like that," said Bishop, a junior at the school.
Some students leaving the school were shocked over the use of a Taser on campus.
"They didn't have to Tase him, that's too much," said one student.
Officers deployed the Taser twice, according to CMPD. They say the first time didn't stop the 17-year-old, who attacked police when they intervened on the assault.
Some students would have liked to have seen officers use other means to resolve the situation without a weapon.
"Maybe if they (police) had more people, because he can't resist five people," said Bishop. "If he was assaulting his girlfriend, I don't think he should have been doing that, but I don't think they should have Tased him at all."
After the second Taser deployment, the student was taken to the hospital as a precaution and then into police custody. He's facing several charges, including two counts of assault on a government official, assault, and resisting arrest.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools did not have a response or statement regarding the incident.
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