Nathan Hale student tased; women sentenced to probation

Kotelia Scott and Danielle Lesueur

The Milwaukee women charged in connection to a Nathan Hale High School incident in which a student was tased have now both been sentenced to probation.

Kotelia Scott, 50, pleaded guilty on July 26 to felony child abuse misdemeanor bail jumping. She was sentenced that day to serve 12 months in the House of Correction. The court then stayed that sentenced and placed Scott on probation for 30 months.

On April 22, 29-year-old Danielle Lesueur pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A judge sentenced her that day to serve six months in the House of Correction. The court then stayed that sentence and placed Lesueur on probation for two years.

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Case details

According to a criminal complaint, West Allis police officers were dispatched to Nathan Hale High School shortly before noon on Nov. 16, 2021 for "trouble with a subject who was armed with a taser."

A school official indicated he was in his office when he heard a call come over the radio regarding a disturbance on the school's first floor. He told officers he responded to the area "where he could hear the engagement of a 'Taser' and parties running down the hallway," the complaint states.

Students at Nathan Hale High School said there was a massive fight in the hallways that day. At some point, according to police, individuals who don’t attend Nathan Hale got into the building and tased one of the students who was involved in the fight.

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One of the students involved in the fight told police that she and another girl had exchanged words – and that "she was scared." Kotelia Scott told this girl she was at work but could come to get her, per the complaint. Lesueur had to "pick defendant Scott up from work as she had the vehicle."

The student told police when Scott and Lesueur "saw her bloody face when they arrived at school," this upset them. The student told police she did not know anyone was bringing a taser. The complaint states she also "explained that the defendants mentioned how (the other student) was lucky that staff intervened because they would have kept going.".

The student that was tased told officers "the Taser caused her pain and left a mark on her back. (The student) stated the woman with the Taser tried to hit her in the face and missed."

In an interview with police, Scott "initially denied that anyone came with her to the school but later admitted that defendant Lesueur, her daughter, did come with her." 

The complaint states Scott "initially denied using a taser and stated that it was her cellphone and an app that made a taser sound. When confronted with the differences between an app and an actual taster, defendant Scott admitted that she was armed with a taser." She "acknowledged that she hit the girl that had been fighting (the other girl) with the taser once." Scott also told police she disposed of the taser in a dumpster at a gas station.