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Waterloo East High student tased in scuffle

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A Waterloo high school student faces charges after an incident in a school hallway.

It happened at East High Monday when police say a student attacked a police officer and a school staff member.

The student was then tased.

Police say the 16-year-old boy was wandering the halls when the school resource officer - who is a Waterloo police officer - and a campus safety officer - who is a school staff member - asked the boy to return to class, leave the school, or go to in-school suspension.

They say the boy then head-butted the officer and punched the staff member in the face - leaving them both with serious cuts.

That's when the officer tased the student.

"We have to trust the police officer's judgement in these situations and unfortunately, one student acting in a belligerent manner is the exception to the rule," said Waterloo Schools spokeswoman Tara Thomas.

The student wasn't hurt.

School officials say the incident happened away from other students and classes were not disrupted.

Police say the officer "dry stunned" the student - meaning he removed the cartridge which shoots the electrodes - and used the taser at close range.

School officials say the officer has been a longtime fixture at East and is well known by students, teachers, and staff.

"I can't speak to how the police choose to exercise restraining a student in this case but they're always looking out for the safety of the students and we partner with them to ensure that we can keep our buildings a safe environment for learning," said Thomas.

The student's name has not been released.

Police say he's in juvenile detention and will face a felony charge of assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.

Leaders with the police and school district couldn't recall a taser ever being used in a school building.

They do say there's a constant dialogue between them to make sure schools are safe and have used diversion programs for students with behavior problems.

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