Study: Tasers Don't Cause Kids Long-Term Harm

According to a new study, doctors have found that the use of tasers to subdue adolescent suspects did not cause those kids any long-term harm. But if you keep digging, it turns out that it's not quite that simple.

The findings of the Wake Forrest study, called "Conducted Electrical Weapon (TASER) Use Against Minors: A Shocking Analysis", appear in this month's issue of Pediatric Emergency Care. The researchers looked at 2026 cases in which police used tasers and found that 100 of those cases involved the use of high-voltage electroshock weapons on kids aged 13-17. According to Dr Alison R. Gardner, the tasers did no long-term harm. From the release:

"We were looking closely for increased risk of cardiac effects and bodily injuries because of the differing body size and build of adolescents, but there were no significant injuries reported for this age group," said Gardner. "There were 20 mild injuries recorded and the majority of these were expected superficial puncture wounds from the weapons' probes."

The researchers caution that the adolescent suspects involved were on average 16 years old and weighed 76kg, which means the data is actually skewed towards people with adult physiology. We sure hope the police read that fine print, because we'd hate to see some not-quite-so-adult kid get seriously injured. [Newswise via Pediatric Emergency Care via Twitter]

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    Can you please rewrite the headline accurately, i.e. "Study tries to tell you tasering your kids is OK"

    Surely tasering a child of say 15 years of age, irrespective of weight/stature, would have a greater impact on them psychologically, as opposed to an adult. Should this not be taken into consideration in such research?

    I think that this kind research (the sample was of only 100 teenagers) only promotes the misuse of taser's that is already so frequent among law enforcement.

      surely the child, say 15 years of age, shouldn't be doing things that result in them getting tasered to start with...

    "Mild Electrocution OK". "Use of cattle-prod on humans OK". "Falling over suddenly without head protection OK". "Device that allows any amount of electric shocks to be applied until the battery flat OK". "Police forcing compliance with torture OK".

    Taser employs the same spin doctors that said cigarettes where just fine, for a hugely profitable product, just saying.

      Exactly, and they've really stacked the odds here heavily- with "children" defined as 16 year old males as big as full size adults, bigger than me actually.

        Yeah sure I'd rather be shot or have the shit beaten out of be or better yet have some yellow crap sprayed into my eyes...

          I've been tased, gassed with CS and sprayed with OC and I can assure you the OC is the worst of the three.

    I came across these as well.

    death seems pretty long term to me

    Guess what. I just read a study that showed that life kills 100% of people infected with it.

      What!! Why didn't anyone tell me?

      I'm outraged and disgusted

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