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Parents split on use of tasers in schools

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Richland Police Department is about to add more tasers to their arsenal.

The weapons will be available to officers working a variety of beats, including school resource officers. But do police need tasers in schools? It's a mixed bag. Some parents love the idea of officers with tasers, but others are concerned.

"The size factor, if you shock a small child compared to a adult, there's a lot of different voltage going through a kid. That can do a lot more damage than it would to an adult," says Tyler Dobush. Other people like Bob Raidl say tasers aren't a bad idea, "there's some pretty big kids out there, and it's possible that they could lose control and you might be in a situation where it's appropriate to some how restrain them."

A $15,000 dollar donation from Windermere Tri-Cities and Hapo Community Credit Union will make it possible for the department to buy 15 more tasers.

The department's goal is to make sure officers in schools, on street patrol, traffic duty, and the street crimes unit are equipped.

City council is expected to approve the donation Tuesday night.

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