PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A taser was deployed in the midst of a school fight at Seminole Middle School Wednesday, according to authorities.
A spokesperson with the Pinellas County School Board said an altercation broke out between two students during a lunch period on Wednesday. School administrators and the school resource officer immediately responded.
“Due to the severity of the situation and to ensure safety of all, the SRO determined it was necessary to utilize a taser,” Isabel Mascareñas said in a statement.
The tased student was given medical attention.
“Violence is not tolerated in Pinellas County Schools,” Mascareñas added. “Students involved in violent behavior face discipline according to the Student Code of Conduct and possible legal consequences including arrest, as determined by law enforcement.”
Officials said they are also aware of rumors spreading on social media about a possible threat at Seminole Middle and High School as a result of Wednesday’s fight.
The school board said deputies thoroughly investigated all tips and determined the threats were unsubstantiated. Mascareñas said additional sheriff’s deputies and Schools Police were on both campuses to ensure the safety of students and staff members.
“Students are safe and the regular school day continues,” Mascareñas said.
Anyone with a safety concern to call the school or report it through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting app or Fortify Florida app.