Police shoot NC student with Taser www.privateofficer.com
Authorities said Teresa Bova, a student at Lake Norman High School, was sent to the principal’s office Tuesday for being disruptive in class.
Police said as Bova was escorted to the office by a school resource officer, she tried to go in a different direction and then became combative.
The resource officer put handcuffs on her, but said she continued to resist, even swiveling out of the handcuffs twice.
Police said Bova may have been under the influence of drugs and that her eyes were dilated and she was slurring her words.
Police said Bova was not tested for drugs because that’s not the reason she was taken into custody.
“It actually took the officer and two other administrators to subdue her on the ground,” said Lt. Rick Eades, with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
But those who know Bova said it just doesn’t make sense.
“She’s delightful,” Elaine Mills, a friend of the teen’s family, said. “She doesn’t just do things like that. That’s just not her nature.”
Bova’s boyfriend, Kyle Freeze, said Bova’s lip was busted during the three-minute struggle, which ended with an officer using a Taser to subdue Bova.
“It’s just really upsetting,” Freeze said. “It really just did not need to happen.”
Eades said officers acted appropriately.
“We don’t want to get hurt and we don’t want other folks to get hurt,” he said.
Bova is facing one charge of disorderly conduct and one charge of resisting an officer.
Police said Bova’s mother has chosen to keep her in jail for the time being.