KATY (Covering Katy News)- A November 2016 incident that involved a student being shocked by a Taser at Mayde Creek High School has resulted in a lawsuit against the Katy Independent School District. The civil rights suit was filed Tuesday, May 5, 2018, at the federal courthouse in Houston. The suit claims the school resource officer violated the constitutional rights of a Mayde Creek High School student and used excessive force.
Taser is the brand name of an electroshock weapon. Shaped like a handgun, it delivers an electric shock aimed at temporarily disrupting muscle functions. It causes temporary pain without usually causing significant injury.
Video from the encounter shows special needs student Jevon Washington, then 17, trying to leave the school building after reportedly getting frustrated in class.
“Can I just go man, this is making me worry, this is making it worse,” Washington is heard saying on the video that captured the encounter.
Washington opened the door to leave, and moments later he was tased by a Katy ISD police officer.
“This was not necessary. It was excessive force,” Washington’s mother Lori told a Houston TV station.
She also said the trauma of having a Taser used on her son caused him to vomit, urinate and defecate on himself.
Mrs. Washington also indicated she filed the suit after spending well over a year attempting to get answers from the district.
The officer who used the Taser is documented in the video explaining that decision.
“He tried to leave, Miss Dole tried to stop him, I jumped in, he still tried to get out the door, Molina jumped in, he still tried to get out the door, I got tired of wrestling with him, so I popped him.”
While very large in stature, Mrs. Washington said her son has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old and has trouble communicating when he’s upset. She believes the resource officer could have done a better job handling the situation. She says the incident has negatively impacted his life.
“He has nightmares. Every so often you hear him hollering don’t tase me, or stop it. We have to wake him up out of his sleep,” Washington told KTRK.
“As is the case with many legal matters, the district is not in the position to comment on the pending litigation,” said a statement from Katy ISD. However, the safety of all of our students is our number one priority.”
Mayde Creek High School is located at 19202 Groeschke Road between Greenhouse and Barker Cypress Roads.