Police have tasered a 16-year-old outside his high school in full view of his mother, alleging the youth assaulted officers.

The teenage boy arrived at Casuarina Senior College on Monday and began hurling bins around the playground, witnesses told the ABC; other reports suggest the student may also have slashed the tyres on a car.

His behaviour, which may have been linked to a weekend altercation he had with a female acquaintance, led to police being called, reports the 9 News.

When officers arrived the boy, who was sitting in the office, asked “am I under arrest?”, according to the NT News.

The boy’s mother says her son only lashed out at police when an officer grabbed him from behind; she intends to make a formal complaint over her boy’s treatment.

“I saw the whole thing. I’m going to take it further,” she said.

NT Police said in a statement they “were faced with a 16-year-old male causing a violent disturbance”, and  “deployed a Taser on him in order to control the situation and ensure the safety of the attending officers, staff, students and members of the public.”

The Department of Education Department described the incident as an “unfortunate disturbance”.

“The safety and wellbeing of students, staff, parents and visitors at all schools is of highest priority for the department,” the statement said.

The boy will face court on Friday.


Image via 9 News

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  • Oh dear, I do feel sorry for the police. People jump up and down when they don’t do enough, up and down for doing their job and up and down when they think they’re over doing it. So hard for a police person, to be in a situation that requires quick action, they have to be aware of safety for those around them as well as keeping themselves safe. I hope it has a good outcome for the police as they do a wonderful job


  • :O How crazy is that??!! Thanks for sharing.


  • Difficult to have an opinion about this as I wasn’t there. We always see things different from our own perspective: the boy from his own, the mum from her own, the police from their own and bystanders from their own and we reading this article from our own (although what we think is really not that important).


  • It sounds like police DoD what they needed to do to ensure everyone was safe. As a mother it would be hard to watch


  • Without knowing the full details and not being in the situation it’s hard to comment on. But I do feel for that mother having to watch her son be tasered. How traumatic for her and for her son. This young man is clearly suffering through some issues, I hope that the police didn’t abuse thier power and taser his if it wasn’t necessary & I hope he gets the help he clearly needs!


  • The Police do not use the Taser unless absolutely necessary. The boy must been behaving violently or been threatening somebody. If they use the taser they have to take the person to Hospital. They have got more to do that wait around a hospital for an alledged ( say alledged because I don’t know if the boy has been charged in court yet) to be treated. Emergency Sections in hospitals have far more seriously ill patients to worry about. (I have friends who work in Emergency Depts. in hospitals).


  • I guess that if the Police decided to use the taser, they must have had good reasons.


  • I’m with the police on this one. Perhaps this young man’s mother should take a long hard look at her son’s behaviour before blaming the police for unfair treatment. Her son’s behaviour is unacceptable at a school or anywhere else. He should learn to deal with his feelings rather than lashing out.


  • I’m sure the police could have controlled situation without stun gun but it’s hard to know exactly how disruptive the boy being.


  • Schools must hold student safety as a priority. Obviously if the police were called, there was a perceived threat to safety and serious enough to warrant the call to the police. I hope this young lad realises the seriousness of his actions and his situation.


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