Officer Suspended Without Pay For Arcing Taser To Wake Sleeping Student

Smithville Police Officer Maryssa Boskoski has been suspended for using a Taser's sound to wake up a sleeping student.

Smithville, OH A school resource officer has been suspended for arcing the stun gun part of her Taser to wake up a sleeping high school student.

Smithville Police Officer Maryssa Boskoski took the cartridge off of her Taser on Aug. 30, and activated the stun gun portion of it to create a zapping sound to wake up a junior sleeping nearby in study hall, WEWS reported.

The incident began when the male student refused to wake up for Liberty Preparatory Schools Interim Principal Jenna Parnell.

Parnell told The Daily Record that she woke up the boy, and that he had fallen back asleep by the time she crossed to the other side of the classroom.

She said the student was tired from working late the night before.

Thats when Officer Boskoski, the school resource officer assigned to Liberty Prep, pulled out the Taser.

I thought it was a joke, honestly, Parnell told The Daily Record. It was just an attempt to wake him up.

Officer Boskoski just pulled [the Taser] out and pushed the button to make the sound, Parnell explained.

It was not anything malicious, Parnell insisted, adding that the officer was standing four to five feet away from the student when she activated the Taser.

Parnell said the combination of the sparking noise and ensuing commotion from other students woke up the sleeping student, The Daily Record reported.

Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk told WEWS that Parnell had violated the police departments Taser policy by her actions.

"It's unfortunate and I'm disappointed that this took place. It's something I would not have expected from any of our officers," Chief Funk said.

The chief explained that Officer Boskoski did not deploy the Taser probes, and said that the Taser never actually touched the student, WEWS reported.

"She did take her Taser, remove the cartridge from it, and arced the Taser," he said.

This action is known as a "spark test" and it's recommended that officers conduct spark tests frequently to keep the Taser working properly. Although, it's generally done in a private environment.

Chief Funk has suspended Officer Boskoski without pay pending the completion of the investigation.

He also told WEWS he would meet with the town solicitor to determine whether any criminal charges should be pressed in the matter.

A review of Officer Boskoskis personnel file at the police department revealed she was warned after a Taser incident that occurred earlier in the year.

In that instance, she failed to remove the cartridge from a Taser prior to a spark test, and deployed the less-lethal weapon in close proximity to another officer, WEWS reported.

The officer was warned that future incidents of a similar negligent manner could subject her to disciplinary action, according to the performance log.

However, Officer Boskoski was also the recipient of letter of recognition from the police chief in April for the compassion she had showed to a homeless man on a cold winter night.

The officer, who is an Air Force veteran, dressed a homeless man in her own gloves and coat and helped him to find shelter on a freezing night in December of 2017.

Parnell said that Officer Boskoski didnt give any warning before activating her Taser to startle the student, WEWS reported.

"I was a little surprised by it. Our interest is in the safety of our students so hearing that go off was a little alarming," Parnell said.

Liberty Prep board president Misty Hanson sent out a letter to parents that reassured them at no time was any student in any kind of danger, The Daily Record reported.

We want to assure all of our students, parents/guardians, and the community that we take the safety and security of our Liberty Prep family seriously, and give it our highest priority, the letter read.

The letter said the school was fully cooperating with the police investigation of the incident.

Parnell told The Daily Record the suspension was completely [the departments] call. We support the police department.

Comments (28)
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CRIMEFIGHTER777
CRIMEFIGHTER777

Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk told WEWS that Parnell had violated the police departments Taser policy by her actions. I believe Parnell is the asst principal.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

What horse shite! In my day I was popped with a yardstick. Nothing negligent, harmful or devious.

hampshire
hampshire

5 To the officer 👌🏼

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

There are worse things that could have happened to this student. It's time to stop being overprotective. The real world is far more dangerous than the sound of a crackling taser.

lmr111702
lmr111702

Criminal charges for what? Where was the crime? Ridiculous! She didn't hurt anybody!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I think the teacher should learn how to wake a student up and not call the SRO to do it. Did the teacher really feel it was a Police matter? I also think the chief is scared to death of the liberals in his city and that he would fire anybody the school officials complained about. Spineless! And the whole bunch of them need a safety pin and a safe room to hide from life. And officer I am glad to see you are checking your equipment as department policy states. Good job Officer. Please keep up the good work.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Can no one take jokes anymore?! My husband does this to me sometimes (spark tests) and it may cause me to jump but then we LAUGH about it. Geez. What a world!

SteveH1975
SteveH1975

What a crock of shit, get her back in her post. Sick of all these liberal snowflakes, theres always something theyre bloody offended by. So what, she did a spark test and it woke the lazy student up, killed 2 birds with one stone, taser works, students out his bed

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Why is a resource officer being called to handle something that a teacher or school administrator should be handling? Thats the biggest question I have. Put her back to work.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Absolutely nothing criminal here. She should be disciplined, but being suspended without pay during the "investigation" is absurd.

Roboarches
Roboarches

Smithville Ohio Population 1252 as of 2010 Wannabe chief getting his 15 minutes of fame. If anything wrong was committed it was due to lack of leadership. Amazing all the tv news interviewed the student who works late (labor laws) and uses that as an excuse for for sleeping.

Marxest
Marxest

It seems excessive to suspend her with out pay, officers have committed harsher infractions and have been suspended with pay. Discipline the officer, yes, but suspension without pay? No. I wonder why her superiors singled her other for that punishment.

Snooper
Snooper

What exactly is wrong with her trying to wake up the dweeb. He should be awake and attending the class like the other students. Sleeping in class is a distraction and should be dealt with in whatever means works.

I used to take a rule or a big book and bounce it off the desk near the sleeping student in any of my classes...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 Your husband is not charged with your safety like school admin to a student though. Big difference.

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

@Hi_estliberaleducator, stick to cooking master chef and stop pretending like you know anything about the real world

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Nec, ...Yes but LowEST IQ was just certified and promoted to "Master Sr. Advanced Master Fry Master" at Burgerville and now has (wait for it) .....such a promising future ahead of him ....We all need to give him credit and more encouragement .

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

No one has a sense of humor these days. Everyone is some kind of victim it seems.