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May 16, 2009

Kids Stun-Gunned at Prisons' Take Your Kid to Work Day

Heh. I have trouble getting worked up over this because it seems like the stun-gunning was consensual. Also hilarious:

A total of 43 children were directly and indirectly shocked by electric stun guns during simultaneous ''Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day'' events gone wrong at three state prisons, according to new information provided Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Also, a group of kids was exposed to tear gas during a demonstration at another lockup.

Three prison guards have been fired, two have resigned and 16 more employees -- from corrections officers to a warden -- will be disciplined due to the incidents that unfolded April 23, said DOC Secretary Walt McNeil. An investigation is ongoing.

None of the children in any of the incidents required medical attention or was notably harmed, McNeil said. He said the children, who ranged in age from 5 to 17, were all children of prison officials.

Be honest now, when you were a kid you would have thought it was pretty cool to get stun-gunned on a field trip, right?

McNeil repeatedly stressed that the stun-gunning only happened at three of the 55 institutions and that it wasn't part of a widespread practice. Still, he acknowledged that it was ''logical'' to assume other children had been shocked on other take-your-kids-to-work days.

So far this year, none of the devices have been used on the 100,000 prison inmates -- only the children of DOC workers.

Come on, now, that's funny.


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