The headteacher of a Southend primary school has defended her decision to introduce TASERS for her members of staff in an experiment to try and improve behavioural standards.
Dr Julia Adams told Southend News Network that all teachers at Cliffside Primary Academy have already received training in using the standard issue tasers, and she insists that it will be a ‘safe and effective’ method of promoting respectful behaviour in the classroom and the playground.
She said: ‘Unlike the tasers that are used by police officers, our devices in school work at around 70% capacity.’
‘While the children won’t end up temporarily paralysed on the floor, the electric current will be just enough to make them stop what they are doing and reflect about why they have been tasered.’
‘There is an official procedure in place to make sure that all tasering is carried out safely and fairly. First and foremost, children of all ages will receive two verbal warnings before a member of staff administers the sanction.’
‘Also, our studies have shown that fleshier areas are the safest for tasering, which is why members of staff have been instructed to aim for the outer thighs or buttocks.’
‘We have consulted with parents as part of the research process. 86% of them stated that they would favour a return to the so-called harsher punishments of the 1950’s, and these lower-current tasers offer the perfect compromise that shouldn’t leave any sort of lasting damage.’
‘Imagine the effect of putting your tongue on a 9-volt battery. It’s pretty much the same, perhaps just a tiny bit worse.’
‘We have offered all parents the option to complete a form if they believe that their child is allergic to electricity.’
After speaking to the head teacher, we asked for a demonstration to prove that the technology is safe enough for use in school. A few minutes later, we were taken into a classroom where a seven-year-old child was repeatedly asking to go to the toilet.
We observed the class teacher warning the child twice, with the second instance including the statement that any further requests in that lesson would result in a tasering.
‘But I need number two miss,’ came a few minutes later. It took around 20 seconds to charge the taser, and once the trigger was pressed the child dropped their pencil on the desk, looked straight forward and stopped asking to be dismissed.
Unfortunately, the pupil also lost control of his bowels at this point, and he was taken away by a teaching assistant to be cleaned up.
After this demonstration, Dr Adams admitted that there is a ‘constantly-changing’ list of circumstances where a taser shouldn’t be used.