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Ohio school resource officer, Taser use to awaken sleeping student: police

Officer Maryssa Boskoski was placed on unpaid leave for the trigger of a Taser to wake up the sleeping student.

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An Ohio school resource officer was placed on unpaid leave after the activation of a Taser to wake a sleeping student.

The atlantic city Police Department, said Officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, was called to a classroom at the Liberty Preparatory School in Smithville on Aug. 30, to help wake up the sleeping student. A teacher and interim principal failed to stir the male student, who is a student of the school.

Chief Howard Funk said Boskoski removed the cartridge from the Taser and “bow”. Authorities say that the sparks sound and the noise of the other students wake up the sleeping student.

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Jenna Parnell, the school’s interim principal, said she was “baffled” by the incident. She said Boskoski not give a warning for the activation of the Taser.

“I was a bit surprised by it. Our interest is in the safety of our students is to hear that go off was a little disconcerting,” Parnell told FOX 4 Now.

No probes were deployed and the teenager was not injured.

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Funk said he met the Smithville lawyer to determine what charges should be filed against the officer. He said Boskoski violated “the use of the Taser policy” and the incident could jeopardize her job.

“It is unfortunate and I am disappointed that this took place. It is something I would not expect any of our employees,” Funk said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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