GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - An 18-year-old student at Georgetown High School was tazed by his school's resource officer, and the boy's mother and the school district are at odds over the reason why.
Natalie Lambert's son was a junior at Georgetown High School, and has several scars on his back as a reminder of the incident on Sept. 18.
The series of events, as stated in the police report, show Devonte Treyshawn "Trey" Lambert was escorted to the SRO's office at the request of the school's principal for being defiant and "failing to follow his instructions." Lambert said it all started after GHS Principal Craig Evans asked to see his student identification while Lambert was walking down the hallway.
"I was walking down the hall and there is Mr. Evans and he says to me, Devonte where's your ID? So I'm walking down the hall and I'm taking my ID out and I say, 'it's right here'," Lambert said.
Inside the SRO's office, the report states the teen was continuously hostile and swearing. He was asked to stop using profanity, to which he responded, "He didn't care…he wasn't talking to me."
While the SRO attempted to arrest Lambert for disturbing school, the report states Lambert put his arm up, and a fight ensued.
"He started slamming me around the room, I did not get violent with him one time," Lambert said.
That's when the SRO grabbed his stun gun and used it on Lambert to regain control of the situation.
Lambert was then placed in handcuffs and transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center.
Captain Nelson Brown with Georgetown City Police said this is an unfortunate situation but the student was not complying and was resisting arrest. Brown said the student was tazed, but police did not shoot him with the gun. Brown said SRO Burroughs probed it against his skin.
"I kept on feeling the tazer going in. like he was hitting me in my back with it and I could feel something stuck in my back," Lambert said.
Captain Brown adds that once the teen was subdued, the SRO learned that Lambert had a bottle of pepper spray in his pocket.
The Georgetown County School District released this statement about the incident:
The District has reviewed the actions taken by Georgetown High School and determined that the matter was handled appropriately in accordance with District policy and in keeping with the role and responsibilities of School Resource Officers. The District will continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement in order to make our campuses safe and secure for all students and staff.
Though the actions of the SRO were legal, the teen's mom believes the incident has a lot to do with her son's sexual preference, citing the ridicule from others just because her son is gay.
"I think the school needs to go under investigation. I think they need to get someone in there so that these people aren't abusing their authority," Natalie Lambert said, "that's not a reason to taze a child. Especially a hundred pound special needs child at that. Now I'm sorry but even being a woman of my size, I could've taken Trey down."
Do you think the School Resource Officer acted appropriately in this case? Text us and tell us what you think. If you stand behind the SRO, text A to 84300, but if you think another disciplinary action could'veMore>>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:18:29 GMT
DARLINGTON, S.C. (WMBF) – The Ninth Annual Darlington Raceway Blood Drive will take place on Thursday, September 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. "This is a community event that has made a significant impactMore >>
The Ninth Annual Darlington Raceway Blood Drive will take place on Thursday, September 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:56:27 GMT
LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – The SunCruz Casino, one of the Grand Strand's only two legal gambling boats, has ceased all operations, according to a message left on the company's main business line. The messageMore >>
The SunCruz Casino, one of the Grand Strand's only two legal gambling boats, has ceased all operations, according to a message left on the company's main business line.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:44:27 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wants your opinion on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Visit the link here to let the city know how you feel aboutMore >>
The City of Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation want your opinion on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:42:05 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A shed caught fire and spread to a double wide mobile home Tuesday morning in Myrtle Beach, according to Justin Gibbins with the Horry County Fire Rescue. Horry County Fire RescueMore >>
A shed caught fire and spread to a double wide mobile home Tuesday morning in Myrtle Beach.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:14:58 GMT
JOHNSONVILLE, SC (WMBF) Police in Johnsonville are showing us a unique way burglars were able to burglarize homes, several times without the home owners realizing their stuff was gone until it was tooMore >>
Police in Johnsonville have seen a unique way burglars are able to burglarize homes, without the homeowners knowing until it's too late. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:09:00 GMT
Conway, SC (WMBF)-Serious winds bring more than rain the Juniper Bay neighborhood. Horry County Fire Rescue responded to 15 calls in 15 minutes. The damage ranges from fallen trees in the road.. treesMore >>
Serious winds bring more than rain the Juniper Bay neighborhood. Horry County Fire Rescue responded to 15 calls in 15 minutes.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:54:05 GMT
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The developer of the Coastal North Town Center and Village Shops in North Myrtle Beach has withdrawn its application to amend the Robbers Roost Planned Development DistrictMore >>
The developer of the Coastal North Town Center and Village Shops in North Myrtle Beach has withdrawn its application to amend the Robbers Roost Planned Development District.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:18:52 GMT
ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Reporter Lauren Weppler is in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning, live-tweeting from the town's meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. Follow Lauren's tweets below: Tweets by @LMore >>
Governor Nikki Haley still vows to put an end to Atlantic Beach's annual Memorial Day weekend Bikefest, and the town's Mayor still vows to keep it. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:51:46 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The heat index on Monday soared till triple digits across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee causing plenty of people to seek water to cool off. Many folks turned out to the beachesMore >>
The heat index on Monday soared to triple digits across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, causing plenty of people to seek water to get cooled.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:09:17 GMT
GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Georgetown Hospital System will offer four free information sessions on its new comprehensive medical weight management program through August that addresses the medical complicationsMore >>
Georgetown Hospital System will offer four free information sessions on its new comprehensive medical weight management program through August that addresses the medical complications of overweight and obesity.More >>