The ACLU and six other civil rights groups are asking the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to ban Tasers and pepper spray in Texas schools.

The request comes after a Bastrop high school student was shocked with a Taser by a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy working at Cedar Creek High School on Nov. 20. Noe Nino de Rivera, 17, hit his head on the floor after he was shocked and remains in a medically-induced coma.

“Tragic incidents like this one demonstrate why the state should not grant police free rein to wield weapons in schools for the apparent purpose of maintaining order,” said Terri Burke, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas.  “Schools should be safe havens from this type of police use of force.  I hope the commission will heed our call to end use of Tasers and pepper spray.”

Co-signees on the letter to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, Disability Rights Texas, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Texans Care for Children, Texas Appleseed, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC).

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