Take our children to work day is a shocking experience for these kids

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day sometimes works better in theory than in practice.

Especially if your parents work at the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle.

Sgt. Walter Schmidt wanted to give the kids an idea of what their parents do, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

So he took out a handheld stun device and zapped them with 50,000 volts of electricity — that
feels like being zapped with volts that are 450 times as strong as the current in a household electrical outlet.

The children, whose ages are not available, reportedly yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms. One was taken to a nearby hospital.

DOC spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff said in an e-mail, “We believe that a number of children may have received a shock.”

Schmidt, the arsenal sergeant at the Panhandle prison, said he asked parents for permission to shock the kids.

“When they said ‘sure,’ I went ahead and did it,” he said by phone.

Schmidt was terminated after 14 years with the Department of Corrections.

“It wasn’t intended to be malicious, but educational,” Schmidt said. “The big shock came when I got fired.”

SOURCE

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/specials/weirdflorida/blog/2009/05/take_our_children_to_work_day_1.html

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One Response to “Take our children to work day is a shocking experience for these kids”

  1. You’re kidding. What a dumbass. They should arrest him. If he electrocuted my kid I would press charges.

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