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Shock and Ow! Stun Guns Used on Kids During Jail Visits

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By David Goguen on May 06, 2009 10:39 AM

Prison Employees Put the "Duh" in Florida DOC

Florida prisons are in need of some public relations corrections, after employees at three facilities in the state were fired or placed on administrative leave in the last month for using stun guns on kids during "Take Your Children to Work" days.

On April 24, Sgt. Walter Schmidt lost his job at Franklin Correctional Institution for using a handheld stun device on visiting kids, once he got their parents' permission, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

After getting hit with 50,000 volts of electricity, according to the Times, the children visiting the Franklin jail "yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms," which likely didn't do much to harden their reps in time for the simulated inmate uprising.

And 10 employees are on administrative leave from two separate Indian River County correctional institutions near Vero Beach, "after visiting children were shocked with stun guns during Take Your Children to Work Day" on April 23, according to

Rumor has it that next year, the Florida DOC will rename the event "Take Your Kids to Your Last Day of Work" Day.

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