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Coalition Again Urges Governor Perry to Ban Taser and Pepper Spray Use in Schools

 Our coalition of advocacy organizations remains concerned about student safety and is again urging Governor Rick Perry to declare a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on Texas students. This latest request follows a new Tasing incident and mounting evidence these weapons pose extreme danger to children. 




Governor Perry Asked to Issue Moratorium On Taser and Pepper Spray Use in Schools

Texas Appleseed and a coalition of advocacy organizations concerned with student safety is asking Governor Rick Perry to declare a moratorium on the use of Tasers and pepper spray on Texas students. The request follows a recent Tasing incident by a school police officer that left a Cedar Creek High School student in a coma for more than 50 days with traumatic brain injury.

In a letter sent yesterday to the Office of the Governor, the seven organizations called on Governor Perry to "take action to ensure that this harm does not occur to even one more child in a Texas school."


"Recent research has found that the overwhelming majority of crimes committed by Texas students are low-level misdemeanors that do not warrant such extreme use of force," said Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed.




Appleseed Renews Call for Taser Ban after Bastrop Student Suffers Critical Brain Injuries at School

Appleseed Deputy Director Deborah FowlerTASERphoto today issued a statement upon the release of new video evidence in the Novemer 2013 tasering of a 17-year-old Bastrop County high school student that resulted in traumatic brain injury.  At the invitation of the boy's attorney Adam Loewy and Noe Nino de Rivera's family, Fowler caled for the prompt statewide review of policies related to use of force in our public schools. ... Our state leadership has a responsibility to assure that the tragedy that Noe and his family have suffered will never be repeated." 


Noe's attorney says the videotape shows Noe "doing nothing wrong. ... He is doing the right thing.  He is breaking up the fight."  Since the incident Noe has spent 67 days in intensive care, 52 days in a medically-induced coma, and his medical bills top $1.5 million.                 PHOTO: L-R Deborah Fowler and reporter examine videotape.

Jesus’ Story: Helping Him Pursue the Law School Dream

On his application to our Diversity Legal Scholars Program, Jesus described his difficult childhood: born into poverty, raised by a single grandmother in public housing, both of his parents struggling drug addicts who frequently moved in and out of jail.  Yet, Jesus managed to become the first in his family to graduate from high school and then, from college.  Now he wants to be the first in his family to graduate from law school—but he needed to be accepted first, and that’s where Texas Appleseed could help.  We awarded him a scholarship this year to cover the full cost of a Law School Admissions Test review course offered by Kaplan Test Prep.  We have also found Jesus a practicing attorney to mentor him along the way—and predict Jesus will make the legal profession proud.  Just one more way that Appleseed helps!

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