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Smithville officer accused of waking sleeping student with Taser resigns

Posted at 11:14 AM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 11:55:57-04

A Smithville officer who used a Taser to wake a student at a school at the beginning of the school year has resigned, police confirm.

Officer Maryssa Boskoski, 32, who was placed on unpaid leave after she was accused of using a Taser on a sleeping student, has resigned.

In the letter below sent to Chief Howard Funk on Sept. 17, she said her resignation is effective immediately.

Chief Howard Funk:

Please accept this letter as a notification of my resignation. I request that my resignation be effective immediately.

It has been a pleasure and honor to work as a police officer for The Village of Smithville. Unfortunately, I feel that it is at this time for me to move on to new things. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunities that had been presented to me. However, it would be in my best interests if I moved in a more positive direction within my career.

I appreciate having been able to work for The Village of Smithville and I wish you all the best. If there is anything I can do during the transition, please allow me the opportunity to aid in any way possible.


Maryssa K. S. Boskoski 

The incident happened on Aug. 30 at Liberty Preparatory School, 243 North Milton St. The facility is a community charter school in the village.

The male student, who is a junior, wouldn't wake up for the teacher or Interim Principal Jenna Parnell.

Boskoski, who had walked down to the classroom with Parnell, activated the Taser a few feet away from the teen.

"She did take her Taser, remove the cartridge from it, and arced the Taser," said Smithville Police Chief Howard Funk at the time of the incident.

A review of her personnel file shows Boskoski served in the United State Air Force Reserve.

As a Smithville officer, she was given a letter of recognition for a giving a homeless man clothing from her cruiser and taking him to a shelter.

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