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Dorchester Student Arrested For Having Taser, Police Underline Stun Guns Are Not Toys

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A Dorchester county student was arrested Tuesday for having a taser on school property.  It happened at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center.  The student is now charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, and disturbing school activities.  He has been released to his parents.

Cambridge city police say the taser was found, not bought.  But as it turns out buying a taser is not difficult, nor is it expensive.

The sound alone is intimidating.  It still has quite the jolt as well.  Tasers are considered a less than lethal means of self defense.  Cambridge police are underlining, tasers and other stun guns are for self defense, not for fun.

"That's what we need to educate the people on, especially kids.  If they get into the wrong hands, they are not a toy, and they perceive them as a toy or a joke," said Lt. Justin Todd with CPD.

And as you can see from watching one of the thousands of clips on YouTube, it's now become somewhat of a strange pastime to tase yourself and your friends.  But Dr. Steve White says they can be dangerous.

"Some of the stun guns that you touch somebody with and give them a contact shock, depends on where you touch them, but if you're doing something where they can fall and injure themselves or fall onto something, or they get shocked in the wrong anatomic area, you can cause some injury that may have some serious consequences," said Dr. White.

And getting a taser is easier, and cheaper than ever.  A taser made by Vipertek is actually fairly affordable.  On Amazon right now, you can buy one for about 6 bucks, plus 5 dollars in shipping, that's eleven dollars, and you've got a stun gun.

According to Cambridge police, you are allowed to carry a taser, you don't need a special license.  But you do need to be mindful of where you take it.

"A place like a school where you've got lots of people under one roof, if you pull a taser out and someone gets tased, it can cause chaos, panic, and you don't want something like that to happen, especially at a school," said Lt. Todd.


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